The General Secretary of the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC), Johnson Asiedu Nketia is demanding the arrest and questioning of the running mate of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP), Dr Mahamudu Bawumia for peddling what they termed “falsehood about Ghana’s voter’s register.”
Nketia is accusing Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia of forging documents to back the NPP’s claims that the current electoral roll is inflated and must be changed. According to Mr. Nketia, the Electoral Commission’s preliminary report on the calls for a new voters register suggests that Dr Bawumia “peddled falsehood” that has the potential to destabilize the nation. He said the country’s laws must therefore, be activated to punish him.
Speaking at the Wednesday’s press conference in Accra, Mr Asiedu Nketia said Dr Bawumia ought to be invited and investigated by the security agencies. Hear him:
I’m not a lawyer but I have heard people say that if you falsify public document with the intention of deceiving people, our laws should find a way of dealing with you.
In the Supreme Court, they printed fake pink sheets and tendered them in … and the Supreme Court just rejected them, nothing has happened after that.
And then they come to deceive the Electoral Commission again by printing fake Togolese register, pick peoples pictures on the register and present them as Togolese and presented some documentation and writing French on those things and claiming it is Togolese register. How can a Phd holder who wants to be a Vice President, how can you sink that low,’ Mr Nketia questioned.
He argued that if Dr Bawumia presented “false” evidence to a constitutional body like the Supreme Court or like the Electoral Commission,
So if a democracy and there is no remedy to such things, then woe betides the whole country. Because anybody can just do photoshopping and present it as the truth, these things were happening on social media…but it should not happen when you are presenting evidence to a constitutional body like the Supreme Court or like the Electoral Commission and you shouldn’t be left off the hook just like that.
I’m not a lawyer but even if there are no laws, Parliament should be looking into those things and finding remedies”
The opposition party through Dr Bawumia had earlier on presented some documents to the EC to support their claims that Ghana’s electoral register contained names of some 76,000 minors and foreigners, and therefore should not be used for the 2016 general elections. He claimed that African nationals from Togo, Ivory Coast and Burkina Faso are on the roll hence the need for a new one to be compiled before the 2016 general elections.
However, the EC, last week after a five-member panel consideration of the claims and other stakeholder submissions, concluded that the NPP’s argument was not convincing and therefore formed no basis for changing the current register.
The NPP after the EC’s report has insisted that the Electoral Commission just down played their arguments and that the register truly contains the names of voters of other nationalities. The NPP also plans to officially respond to the NDC’s claims and the Electoral Commission’s conclusions.