The Progressive People’s Party (PPP) says it still stands by its position that the decision by the Electoral Commission (EC) to compile a new voters’ roll for the December 7, 2020 polls is unacceptable.
On one-on-one interview on current affairs programme, “Kanawu’ on Amansan Television (ATV), Director of Operations of PPP, Nana Ofori Owusu told the interviewer, Atta Kwaku Boadi that, “our reasons for kicking against a new register are situated in economics and development and not politics. Our position on the multiplicity of national identification systems has not changed and should be well-known to all Ghanaians by now”.
The outspoken PPP’s stalwart who is lacing his boots to take over the chairmanship position of the party did not understand why the Jean Mensa- led EC was bent on compiling a new voters’ roll when the Commission could have collaborated with the National Identification Authority(NIA) to use the Ghana’s Card for the December 7 elections
The former PPP’s parliamentary candidate for Effutu constituency in the Central Region indicated that his party since its formation had been an advocate for a single national identification database to be shared by state and private organizations.
To this end, Nana Ofori Owusu paid a glowing tribute to the 2012 and 2016 flag-bearer of the PPP; Dr Ppapa Kwesi Nduom whom he claimed was the initiator of the Ghana Card.
According to him, it was Dr Nduom who mooted the idea while serving as the Chairman of the National Development Planning Commission under former President John Agyekum Kufuor that the country should have one single identity card to serve all purposes.
The PPP man pointed out that , the controversy which had risen from the compilation of the new register could have been avoided, “ if the EC had seen the importance of the national identification card”.
He maintained that the national identification card was the only solution to the alleged bloated register and not a new one.
When asked about his party’s preparedness towards the December 7 polls, Nana Owusu Ofori said, the PPP was ready for the elections, and it would contest both the presidential and the parliamentary elections.
“We’ll contest all the 275 parliamentary seats including the presidential election”, he stressed.
He therefore called on Ghanaians to reject both the New Patriotic Party (NPP) and the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), and vote for PPP to bring the needed change the “country has been yearning for since the inception of this Fourth Republic”.
Story: Franklin ASARE-DONKOH