‘New voter register resistance will affect NDC’s chances’
A political science lecturer at the University of Education, Winneba (UEW) in the Central Region, Dr Isaac Brako, says the unrelenting protest and resistance by the National Democratic Congress (NDC) against the intended new voter register would affect the party’s prospects of winning back power in the December 7 polls.
He says it would affect the party, especially their incumbent Members of Parliament as well as parliamentary candidates at orphan constituencies, if attention was not shifted towards mobilising the party’s supporters to massively partake in the exercise when it commences.
The UEW lecturer made this known in an interview on Thursday.
He admonished the party’s leadership to desist from disorganising the party supporters against the Electoral Commission, Ghana (EC) in compiling the new voter register.
Dr Brako was commenting on a recent statement made by NDC’s National Chairman, Samuel Ofosu Ampofo, at the party’s 28th anniversary to the effect that the party is still against the compilation of a new voters’ register.
The political scientist advised the NDC leadership to begin advocating and mobilising the party supporters for the registration exercise instead of persistently telling them not to register their names in the new register and destroying the chances of the party in the upcoming general election.
He noted that the country has over the years experienced two parties in power – NDC and the New Patriotic Party (NPP) – hence the need for NDC to work assiduously in preaching the party’s new policies to the general public rather than protesting against the new voters’ register.
Additionally, Mr Brako said the EC is mandated by the 1992 Constitution to compile a new register, which is not the first time it is doing so.
He thus called on NDC leadership to advocate and actively engage its supporters from the grassroots in participating in the intended registration exercise, especially at the party’s strongholds.
Getting the party supporters to fully partake in the exercise, according to him, would enhance the party’s chances of winning back all the parliamentary seats it lost to the NPP in the 2016 elections.