Call it providence or miracle, the cat is now out of the bag!
The ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) government has finally confirmed its relationship with the Electoral Commission (EC), hence the party’s unflinching support for the compilation of a new voters roll, Today can report.
The decision by the EC to compile a new voters register for the December 7, 2020 poll has since the announcement been met with criticisms by many stakeholders with the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) at the forefront.
But the NPP is in full support of the EC’s decision.
The reason for NPP’s position was made known at the weekend on ‘Kanawu’ on ATV/GNTV in Accra hosted by Atta Kwaku Boadi, which was monitored by Today.
Explaining the ruling party’s stance on the issue, the Chief Executive Officer of Public Sector Reforms, Thomas Kusi Boafo, who was called into the programme, told the host that the NPP would not allow the supreme interest of the country to override its interest.
He indicated that since the EC had the mandate to do its work without any external influence, “whoever has a problem with its work can go to court and challenge the Commission.”
According to the NPP man, nobody or any organisation could stop the EC from executing its job as enshrined in the 1992 Constitution.
“I challenge those who are making noise, especially the NDC, to go to court and test the law,” he dared.
When asked if the election management body could not consider the concerns of the NDC and others for the sake of peace, he pointed out that “there is no way NDC and NPP will agree on an issue like this.”
According to him, the NDC would do same if they were in power, and, therefore, NPP would not countenance any attack on the EC.
When even the host drew his attention that his party was setting a bad precedent, he maintained that nothing would change their position, and added, “we will continue to support the EC to compile the new register.”
According to him, there was nothing wrong for NPP to back the Jean Mensa headed EC, “because NDC also supported Charlotte Osei.”
Meanwhile, no consensus was reached at the Inter-Party Advisory Committee (IPAC) meeting held last week Thursday in Accra in dispute over the compilation of a new voters register.
The meeting was convened at the behest of the EC’s Eminent Advisory Committee, which called for more dialogue on the issue.
In the meantime, the EC is expected to convene a meeting between its IT team and the technical teams of the various political parties in a bid to push for consensus on the compilation of a new voters register.
The meeting has become necessary, following a request by IPAC members for the EC to clarify certain technical and administrative issues related to the process.
Story: Kwaku AKYEANA