The ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) party has said that the demands of the NPP and pro-opposition pressure groups for voters’ register validation by the Electoral commission (EC) is quite unfamiliar
The ongoing saga arising from the need for validation of voters seems to come as a surprise to the National Democratic Congress. The ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) party has said the demands of the NPP and pro-opposition pressure groups for voters’ register validation by the Electoral commission (EC) is quite unfamiliar.
Describing the issue as ‘alien’, the Director of Elections for the NDC, Samuel Ofosu Ampofo, said that all the parties had agreed on an audit of the register and not validation. He explained that the outcome of the meeting held by Inter-Party Advisory Committee (IPAC) was to effect the auditing of the register and not validation.
He said the EC has put proposals for auditing the voters’ register and has asked political parties to look at the proposals and the procedures to review their comments towards effecting the auditing.
There have been massive protests among NPP stalwarts and some opposition pressure groups demanding voters’ register validation. The most recent is recalled to be that staged at the Ashanti Regional capital, Kumasi by opposition group Let My Vote Count Alliance(LMVCA), NPP, and other opposition groups. The protest was aimed at compelling the EC to effect the validation of the register.
The oppositions by the NPP and other groups prompted Dr. Wereko Brobby, the Chief policy Analyst at the Ghana Institute for Public Policy Options (GIPPO) to warn the opposition party against the constant pressure. Dr. Wereko had explained that constant pressure on the EC over the voters register would impede the commission’s readiness for the November general elections.
Surprisingly, Samuel Ofosu Ampofo has said that the NDC knows nothing about the validation which the oppositions have been ‘fussing’ about.