Following the recent controversies surrounding the emergence of the National Election Steering committee set up by the EC, Mustapha Hamid, spokesperson to New Patriotic Party NDC’s Presidential candidate Nana Addo has stressed that more members of the New Democratic Congress (NDC) should be removed from the board.
He asked that two more NDC descendants be removed if the EC wants the committee to operate peacefully. The two in question are: are Joseph Whittal, a Deputy Commissioner at the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAG) and Francis Azumah of the National Peace Council.
He asked for their removal on the following basis; that Joseph Whittal is a known senior member of the NDC and a former Parliamentary Candidate for the party in the Builsa North constituency in the 2000 election.
Mustapha Hamid maintained that Joseph Whittal is held in high esteem at the NDC, pointing back to the 2000 elections
“Joseph Whittal in the 2000 general elections was a contestant in the NDC primaries in Builsa North against Baisel Adunfa. He was all over the nukes and crannies of Builsa North contesting to be NDC candidate. In fact when Jerry Rawlings visited Sandema to campaign, Joe Whittal was carried shoulder-high, it was a market day at the chief’s palace in 2000,” he said speaking to Citi News.
And for Francis Azumah, Mustapha, Hamid said he was a coalition centre representative for NDC candidate Timothy Awintirim in the 2004 elections and a known NDC activist. Mr Hamid however stressed that they would not relent until these alleged NDC activists are boycotted from the Election Steering committee.
”…These are people who have the passion, the zeal, the commitment to have been openly working for the NDC to win the election in Builsa North and today you want to put them in charge of a committee that has the capacity to manage our election and supposedly in a non-partial and fair manner” he continued.
Despite the withdrawal of known NDC member, Dr. Karl Marx Arhin, from the Election Steering committee, there are still protests from different parties. Karl Marx’s removal from the committee was initiated by pro opposition pressure group Let My Vote Count Alliance (LMVCA) who mounted pressure on the EC for his withdrawal on the basis of bias on the part of the EC as he is equally an NDC descendant.
The National Election Steering Committee was set up by the EC to oversee the affairs of the November polls.