The General Secretary of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), Johnson Asiedu Nketia says the party will challenge the Electoral Commission’s (EC) decision to compile a new voters’ register.
He said the NDC will do all it can to prevent the EC from leading political parties and Ghanaians into a “dangerous and confusing situation.
The Electoral Commission on Wednesday held a two-session IPAC meeting on the controversial issue of the compilation of a new voters’ register and a decision was taken that the exercise will commence next month.
But Asiedu Nketia accused the EC of turning the forum of the Interparty Advisory Committee (IPAC) into one where it only informs election stakeholders of its decision rather than a forum that allows for dialogue and consensus.
He indicated that the timelines announced by the EC are unworkable and lies in potential breach of the law.
He said the NDC’s position must not be viewed as a party fighting for its own interest but for the benefit of all Ghanaians.
According to Asiedu Nketiah, the NDC is poised to educate the public on the implications of the EC’s planned action and how they could be disenfranchised.
The Electoral Commission’s decision to compile a new voters’ register has been met with mixed reactions from the political front.
Whereas the NDC and some opposition parties are against the decision, the NPP and 12 other political parties have backed the move.
Regardless of the resistance, the EC has decided to proceed with the exercise but subsequently, put it on hold following the outbreak of the Coronavirus.
Although the exercise is currently on hold, the EC says it will observe the necessary safety protocols if the time comes for the registration exercise to commence.