Richard Ahiagbah: NPP Communications Director denies double registration allegations
Richard Ahiagbah: NPP Communications Director denies double registration allegations
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Richard Ahiagbah: NPP Communications Director denies double registration allegation

Richard Ahiagbah, the Director of Communications Director for the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) has denied an allegation that he attempted to register again in the ongoing Limited Voter Registration exercise, even though he is already a registered voter.

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In a statement copied to Graphic Online and issued on Sunday [May 12, 2024], Ahiagbah dismissed the claims of double registration as false and baseless.

There was confusion at the Ketu South voter registration center on Saturday, May 11, 2024.

In a video shared on social media, Ahiagbah was seen in a conversation with a policeman at the centre with a voice over on the video alleging that he sought to register again even though he was already a registered voter.

The background voices on in the video questioned Ahiagbah's eligibility given his alleged participation in the previous election.

Reports indicate that agents of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) raised an objection, leading to the suspension of his registration process.

Ahiagbah's response

In response, Mr. Ahiagbah in a statement released on Sunday [May 12, 2024] refuted the allegations:

"I have seen some videos on social media by NDC operatives to misinform Ghanaians. The claim that I tried to do double registration is false and without merit."

Detailing the incident at the registration centre, he explained, "I have been a registered voter in Ketu South since 2000, with my citizenship and residency well-known to the NDC agent challenging my eligibility. In 2020, I received a voter's ID from the Electoral Commission, but encountered biometric registration issues during the 2023 limited exercise. Attempts to rectify this were deferred to later registrations."

Mr. Ahiagbah continued, "Today, I sought to address the EC's administrative error at the same registration center, only to face obstructive challenges from NDC agents. Despite my efforts to resolve the situation, both NDC representatives and EC officials persisted."

Read the entire statement below;

I have seen some videos on social media by NDC operatives to misinform Ghanaians. The claim that I tried to do double registration is false and without merit. 

Here is what happened:

1. I have registered and voted in Ketu South since 2000, and my citizenship and sonship of Ketu South are well-known to the NDC agent who challenged my eligibility today.

2. In 2020, I received a voter's ID for the 2020 general elections from the Electoral Commission. However, during the 2023 limited voter registration exercise, my biometrics failed to register, and I've since discovered that many others have had the same issue.

3. I tried to rectify this administrative error during the 2023 limited voter registration exercise, but the EC officials advised me to seek inclusion later or get a new voter's ID card during the 2024 limited voter registration window.

4. Today, I went to the registration center where I registered in 2020 to fix the EC's administrative error, but I was met with a frivolous and obstructive challenge to my eligibility.

5. Despite my attempts to advise the NDC challenger to stop obstructing the registration process, both the NDC agents and EC officials paid no attention.

6. This challenge is a sign of more disruptive acts to come. Therefore, I urge the EC to take a firm and decisive stance to deal with these tendencies and ensure peace.

7. I am committed to going through all the necessary processes to get my name on the register, exercise my democratic right to vote, and support the New Patriotic Party on December 7th.

Thank you.

Richard Ahiagbah
Director of Communications, New Patriotic Party

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