Thu. Mar 23rd, 2023

The ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) has slammed the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) for opposing the Electoral Commission’s proposed new Constitutional Instrument (CI) (EC).

The NDC is opposing the EC’s proposed CI, which would make the Ghana card the sole identification document for voter registration.

They claim that if the new CI is passed, the majority of Ghanaians will be unable to register for voter cards.

Evans Nimako, the NPP’s Director of Research and Elections, expressed concerns about the NDC’s penchant for challenging measures aimed at sanitizing the country’s electoral system in an interview with Bernard Avle on the Point of View.

Mr. Nimako stated that he cannot understand the NDC’s concerns if the CI is passed by Parliament.

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My little worry about the NDC is that anytime there are any arrangements that seek to sanitise the registration exercise of the EC, they tend to disagree. We saw this when the new EC decided to put in place the new voter registration management system. They disagreed to the extent that they went to court and they failed.

“I’m not saying they shouldn’t challenge or bring alternatives. We have on a number of occasions disagreed with the EC. I don’t see their fears, but the question is, what does the NDC stands to lose if the EC at this point decides that we want to have a CI that will take away this whole issue about the guarantor system that gives us so much trouble,” he said on the Point of View.

The NPP’s Director of Research and Elections advised the NDC to return to the Inter-Party Advisory Committee (IPAC) for extensive discussions on the way forward with the other political parties.

“The NDC should eat their humble pie and come to IPAC so that we can have a discussion there so that we will not take this whole long time to discuss this issue,” he advised.

Mr. Nimako urged Ghanaians, particularly politicians, to support the EC in carrying out its mandate.

“I think that the EC’s arrangements to have a CI that will allow only those who will want to have their names onto the register to use the Ghana cards must be supported by all,” he urged.



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