The Electoral Commission (EC) has disqualified several political parties from taking party in the December polls for some specified reasons. The National Democratic Party (NDP) is one of them.
However, the NDP has taken the news with a grain of salt mixed with much displeasure and annoyance against the EC Chairperson, Charlotte Osei. The party who was also disqualified in 2012, making this the second time believes that there is a shady deal going on between the government and the Electoral Commission as regards their disqualification.
Reacting to the recent development, the Deputy Communications Director of the NDP, Ernest Owusu Bempah accused the Charlotte Osei and the EC of deliberately barring the party from contesting in the elections. Bempah said this while speaking to Citi’s Richard Sky on Eyewitnesses News. According to him, the EC’s action has tarnished the image of the country’s multiparty democracy. He also said that the commission is just working to please the incumbent government who pays them.
The NDP’s Deputy Communications Director argued that the reason given by the EC for their disqualification is not enough and for that the commission must provide more information as regards the NDP’s disqualification. He stressed that this time around, the party won’t let the EC’s action to pass unquestioned. He also vowed that they [the NDP] will take the matter to any height to ensure that justice prevails. According to him, the NDP provided the EC with all the information that were required of them and so, the disqualification is “totally unacceptable”.
Continuing, Owusu Bempah opined that Charlotte Osei is playing games and that they are ready to play the game. He indicated that they will strip her naked for everyone to know her schemes if she refuses to stop the game she is playing. According to Bempah, the EC boss “come out and tell who she really is”.
NDP Not Backing Down
The NDP’s Presidential Flag bearer, Nana Konadu Agyeman Rawlings in reaction to her disqualification took to her Facebook page to protest against the action of the EC. She wrote:
The Electoral Commission disqualifies 17 parties .
This is a clear and blatant act against democracy.
The NDP not backing down!! #Actsagainstourdemocracy #standupfordemocracy# voteyourfuture #yourvoteisyourright.
Having been disqualified the first time, the National Democratic Party is not ready to take the crab from the Electoral Commission this time. Ghanaians will only wait to see what comes out of this. We’ll keep you updated!
Meanwhile, do you think the EC’s disqualification of these parties is fair, or rather influenced? Let’s know your take at the comment session, please.