NPP's posture on election matters hypocritical - Asiedu Nketiah

Author: Mohammed Ali

The National Democratic Congress (NDC) has described as hypocritical the posture of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) on election matters.

According to the NDC General Secretary, Mr Johnson Asiedu Nketiah, the NPP participates in stakeholder engagements, commit their authorized signatures to agreements reached, and yet dissociate themselves from those decisions in public.

He said such posturing by the NPP has the potential to derail Ghana’s peaceful march towards a free, fair and transparent election in this year’s election.

Addressing a press conference at the party's headquarters at Adabraka in Accra on Wednesday, Mr Nketia explained that such ambivalent positions were the reasons why the Inter-party Advisory Committee (IPAC) was established to secure consensus from all stakeholders in order to continuously reform the electoral system.

Touching on the issue of deleted National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) registrants, he wondered why the NPP was now asking for an extension of the re-registration exercise of deleted NHIS registrants when they had vigorously led a crusade to get those names deleted in the first place.

He also added that Dr.  Mahamudu Bawumia and leading members of the NPP misled Ghanaians on the issue of the biometric voters register when , he [Dr Bawumia] claimed that the voters register was bloated with close to one  million names of foreign citizens although the EC's audit of the register had indicated a far lesser number than what was claimed. 

On the electronic transmission of results, he expressed disappointment at the decision of the NPP to kick against the electronic transmission of the results when the decision to transmit the results by the Electoral Reform Committee was pitched and signed by the NPP.

According to the NDC scribe, the idea of electronic transmission of results was a proposal  by the NPP which was exhaustively debated and accepted by the committee before it was approved by IPAC and finally accepted by the Electoral Commission.