NPP to strengthen external branches for ROPAA

The New Patriotic Party (NPP) has commenced strengthening its existing external branches and also create more of them, as part of moves to ensure that the implementation of ROPAA (Representation of the People (Amendment) Act, 2006 [Act 699], does not go against it.

The party has always believed in the ROPAA idea, if the Electoral Commission (EC) is working with it, then the party has no option than to prepare for its implementation by visiting Togo, Burkina Faso, Mali, Senegal, Cameroon and Nigeria, as well as other African countries to strengthen the party’s branches ahead of the ROPAA implementation.

Emmanuel Attafuah-Danso, Head of International Affairs of the NPP made the revelation in Accra and indicated that the NPP had always been in favour of the idea and the party had a responsibility to ensure that external branches are strengthened for its implementation.

“As the head of international affairs, I will be travelling to Togo, Mali, Burkina Faso, Senegal, Cameroon and Nigerian to strengthen our branches there and also create new branches in other countries, right from the get-go, we have believed in ROPAA, we captured it in our manifesto because we believe it will help our brothers and sisters in the diaspora to also feel they are part of the citizenry of the country,” he noted.  

ROPAA is a law that seeks to provide an opportunity for Ghanaians living abroad to participate in the general election back home which was passed by Parliament 12 years ago.

Subsequently, an Accra high court ordered the EC to produce evidence of concrete steps it is taking to implement the ROPAA (Representation of the People (Amendment) Act, 2006 [Act 699] law which will eventually allow Ghanaians living abroad to vote in national elections.

Justice Anthony Yeboah gave the order after the EC stated in its defence in a case before the court that it was already in the process of implementing the law which the defence related to a case brought by five Ghanaians living abroad who insisted that their rights to register and vote in local elections while abroad continued to be violated by the non-implementation of the law.

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