Validation impasse: NPP wants to rig elections - Asiedu Nketia
The General Secretary of the ruling NDC, Johnson Asiedu Nketia says he is convinced the main motive for the NPP’s call on the Electoral Commission to undertake a validation exercise of the voters’ register is to rig the elections.
According to him, the posture of the main opposition party on the current voters register is a clear indication that it sees defeat staring at them hence the agenda to discredit the Electoral Commission (EC).
The NDC stalwart, in an interview with Accra FM described the position of the NPP as strange.
He said there is no such thing as validation as far as the recommendation by the VCRAC Crabbe committee report is concerned. The General Secretary was commenting on the recent Baamu Yaada demonstration in Kumasi and the ‘No Validation, No Limited Registration” position adopted by the NPP.
Last month, a pro NPP pressure group, Let My Vote Count Alliance (LMVCA) issued a one week ultimatum to the EC Chairperson, Charlotte Osei, to heed to heed to their call.
In a publication by the Statesman newspaper, owned by Gabby Asare Otchere-Darko, a nephew of NPP flag bearer Nana Akufo Addo on March 14, 2016, quoted LMVCA as saying ‘EC’s reckless decisions are setting up the nation for chaos in the November polls”.
The group’s Convener David Asante was also categorical that the EC panel of experts and even the Supreme Court had made that recommendation. The group is planning more protests against the EC which it accuses of planning to rig the elections for the ruling party, the NDC.
The tywist of events and the building tension has compelled concerned Ghanaians like senior Political Science Lecturer at the University of Ghana, Dr. Ransford Gyampo and suspended founding member of the NPP, Dr. Wereko Brobbey to publicly condemn the acts.
Mr. Asiedu Nketsia, however, maintains the NPP and its surrogates are only raising a red herring.
“who doesn’t know the NPP and the way they operate, they create their own thing and make a lot of noise about it using their surrogates and media allies, that has always been their modus operandi, don’t mind them, they are making all this noise to distract our attention so they get the opportunity to steal the elections but we are watching them and we can assure them that it won’t happen, we are keeping an eye on them,”he said.
Meanwhile, the Chairman of the Committee established by the Commission to review presentations on the bloated voters register, Professor Justice VCRAC Crabbe has dismissed claims that they recommended a validation exercise.
His claim has been corroborated by Chairman of the National Peace Council, Most Reverend Professor Emmanuel Asante who was a member of the five member panel in a separate interview on a radio station.
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