The National Democratic Congress (NDC) through it’s deputy General Secretary, Dr Peter Otukunor, has refuted claims that the party boycotted the Electoral Commission’s Inter-Party Advisory Committee (IPAC) meeting.
Dr Otukunor has said the NDC found strange, the claims that the party boycotted the EC’s meeting concerning the Constitutional Instrument (C.I.) on the registration of voters and the conduct of the December polls.
In refuting a claim by General Secretary of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), John Boadu that the NDC boycotted the last IPAC meeting.
At the said meeting, the registration of voters and the conduct of election 2020 was exhaustively discussed before it was laid in Parliament.
In a statement copied to Adomonline.com, Peter Otokunor accused the General Secretary of the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) of making false claims.
“This is a concocted bare-faced lie that must be treated with the contempt it deserves. It is preposterous for John Boadu to suggest to right thinking Ghanaians, that because the NDC protested and walked out of the last illegimate ‘partitioned’ IPAC meeting, that is why the NDC didn’t get the information about the amendments,” Mr Otokunor said.
Find below the party’s statement:
“I have read elsewhere that John Boadu, General Secretary of the NPP, characteristic of their criminal collusion between the NPP and the EC had mentioned in a radio interview on JoyNews that “The NDC boycotted the last IPAC meeting at which meeting details of the EC’s CI on the registering of voters and the conduct of election 2020 was exhaustively discussed before it was laid in Parliament. How can you boycott a meeting and then months later, hold a press conference accusing the election management body of failing to discuss the CI with political parties?This is a concocted bare faced lie that must be treated with the contempt it deserves. It is preposterous for John Boadu to suggest to right thinking Ghanaians, that because the NDC protested and walked out of the last illegimate ‘partitioned’ IPAC meeting, that is why the NDC didn’t get the information about the amendments.In fact this deliberate expression of ignorance by John Boadu in this matter is very repulsive, because he is very much aware of the IPACs established procedures for preparing electoral legislation for consideration by Parliament through the Legal sub-committee of IPAC, with representation from the two major political parties and the smaller parties as was the case in the preparation of the original CI 91. None of these procedures were used and as if that was not enough, the EC had in earlier communication at various fora, expressly intimatedthat they will not use the NIA system for registration.Besides, the EC makes a very discouraging claim in their statement last Friday that the Ghana Card has been in the CI since 2012 and that it’s use is not new, but what they deceptively fail to mention is that this is a new Ghana Card. Even assuming without admitting, it was already in the CI 91, the same CI also had Voter ID Card and Drivers License captured, all of which has been excluded in their current proposed amendment.This is comingon the backdrop of the NIA indicating in their response to our Press Conference, that their exercise is incomplete and they had achieved only about 50% of their registration target. The question is why the EC will abandon its own document issued to over 16 million registered voters and go for a half baked incomplete document, issued to only 7,072,000 Ghanaians (including people aged 15-17 year), constituting about 9 million less of registered voters. Clearly the EC, the NPP and their assigns in the NIA arein opposition to common sense.Indeed even though the NDC staged a walkout at some point from the meeting, never at any point did the two Deputy Chairperson of the EC who led the meeting and gave the introductory remarks at the meeting mentioned anything about possible discussion on the Constitutional Instrument and the possible amendments of same.It is important to emphasize that considering the enormous importance attached to electoral laws, such major amendments to the CI that governs the registration process, couldn’t have been discussed as AOB, without being featured on the agenda.Secondly, records from the meeting reveals no such discussion were made at the said IPAC meeting.In actual fact, according to the EC Deputy Chairpersons, the meeting was called to inform political parties of their intentions to postpone the earlier announced April 18 date for the registration exercise due to the COVID19.
Clearly, the loud failure of the Akufo Addo gov’t have set the NPP on the path of irredeemabledesperation, leading them onto this warped and nonsensical adventure with our electoral system. Need I say more about how our fragile infant democracy,is under threat from the Akufo-Addo led NPP?
Peter Boamah Otokunor Deputy Gen Sec (Operations) -NDC