The General Secretary of the National democratic Congress (NDC), Mr Johnson Asiedu Nketia has urged Ghanaians living abroad to make out time to come home and participate in the imminent bio-metric registration to be carried out in preparation towards the upcoming elections. He urged them not to allow the NPP’s protests for voters register validation to discourage them.
According to Daily Graphic, Mr Asiedu Nketia said this while addressing the community of Ghanaians in Cotonou, the capital of the Republic of Benin. Mr Johnson Asiedu Nketia was among the entourage of the Vice-President, Mr Kwesi Amissah-Arthur, who attended the investiture of the newly elected President of Benin, Mr Patrice Talon.
He explained that there would be time for continuous bio-metric registration. This he said, would afford Ghanaians abroad the opportunity to come home and register at their own convenience.
The NDC General Secretary emphasized that the voters register validation which the supporters of the New Patriotic party are crying for is not necessary as the current voters register is the best the country has ever produced.
Speaking further on the agitations spearheaded by the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) for voters register validation, Mr Nketia said there was no basis for the NPP to call for a new register or validation either. This is because it was the same party that proposed the idea of a biometric registration which was agreed upon by the Inter-Party Advisory Committee (IPAC). He pointed out that “For that same party to turn around and claim the register is bloated is untenable.”
According to Mr Nketia, the president is focused on his mandate, and is on course delivering its campaign promises to Ghanaians. Buttressing this point, Mr Nketia presented “Accounting to the people”, the green book that catalogues government developmental projects undertaken by the Mahama-administration to the Ghana mission in Cotonou . He also asked members of the Ghanaian community who wished to acquaint themselves with the current state of development in Ghana to go through the book. He finally assured them that the NDC would make more copies of the book available to the Ghanaian community in Benin as part of efforts to sell the government’s message of development to Ghanaians in the diaspora.
We all are aware of the massive criticisms that has been directed towards the Electoral Commission and the incumbent government on account of the voters register validation. Just on Tuesday, members of the NPP and other groups staged a massive demonstration in Kumasi which is aimed at compelling the EC to carry out the desired voters register validation. The protesters also vowed to continue the protest in other regions across the country until their voices are heard.