EC boss attitude towards NDC worrying – Asiedu Nketia …but EC refutes accusation

The sour relationship between the National Democratic Congress (NDC) and the Electoral Commission (EC) appears to be worsening by the day.

The party has maintained that the commission is harbouring some prejudice against them and lashed out at the EC describing as distasteful, some actions of the commission over the upcoming Limited Voter Registration exercise.

But the commission has debunked the assertion and indicated that some actions of the NDC are gradually becoming a cause to worry for the peace and stability in the country, since the schemes of the party are having dire consequences on democracy, rule of law and good governance.

Asiedu Nketia, General Secretary of the NDC, has stated that the posturing of the chairperson of the commission, Jean Mensa, was fast becoming a threat to the commission and to the country’s democracy.

“Somehow, I believe because we expressed our opinion about her suitability or otherwise for the position when the appointment was made, she appears to be carrying that prejudice and thinks is sufficient reason for denying us our rights, we think the problem is about her attitude and not about NDC.

“Every issue  we the NDC have raised has been legitimately based on our rights as provided by law,  in most cases, they have apologised,  if you ask us what we are doing against the EC, it will be victim blaming because we are the victim,” Mr Asiedu Nketia bemoaned.

However, Dr Bossman Asare, Deputy Chairperson of the EC, who will not take lightly to the comments from the NDC, insisted that the Jean Mensa-led administration has so far exhibited efforts aimed at deepening the country’s democratic credentials.

“I think if there is anyone group becoming a threat to the democracy we are practising in our country, then I will rather say it is the posture of the NDC, since the new commission took over, we have noticed some of the things that have transpired.

“Before the Ayawaso West Wuogon by-election, allegations were rife the register was bloated and we also noticed pictures of ballot papers, we as a commission have seen a particular pattern of the NDC, I don’t see why the NDC will turn around and accuse Mrs Mensa of her actions becoming a threat to democracy,” Dr Asare pointed out.

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