EC Debug Being in Bed With NPP Over Voters Register

The Electoral Commission(EC) in Dormaa Ahenkro, has denied accusations from the National Democratic Congress(NDC) that it connived with the New Patriotic Party (NPP) to delete more than 200 eligible voters from the voters register.

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Charlotte Osei - Ghana's Electoral Commissioner (EC)
Charlotte Osei - Ghana's Electoral Commissioner (EC)

Responding to allegations made by Mr John Adu Jack, the NDC Dormaa Central Constituency Parliamentary aspirant at a news conference in Dormaa Ahenkro, Mr Christian Boafo Offeh, the Dormaa Central Municipal Election Officer, described the allegations as baseless, false and unfounded and asked the aspirant to substantiate such claims.

Charlotte Osei - Ghana's Electoral Commissioner (EC)
Charlotte Osei – Ghana’s Electoral Commissioner (EC)
He said he never sided with any political party in the performance of his duties but strictly operated within the confines of the law, during the recent opening of the Voters Register for public scrutiny.

Mr Boafo Offeh described the attitude of the aspirant as a sheer display of ignorance and asked the NDC to take the matter to court to seek redress if the party feels it has concerns against the EC on the register.

He explained that Article 23(2c) of the Constitutional Instrument(CI) stipulated that a person entitled to be registered as a voter may object as set out in form seven of the schedule to a person whose name appears in the provisional register of voters on the ground that the person is not qualified to be registered as a voter.

He said any citizen of the country is permitted under the law to question or object to the eligibility of any voter, adding that Article 23(2d) indicates that an officer of the Commission may object as set out in form seven of the schedule to a person whose name appears in the provisional register of voters on the ground that, that person is not qualified to be registered as a voter.

Reacting to the allegations, Mr William Nyarko, the Communication Officer of the NPP, said the party has sufficient evidence to proof that the names are ineligible and the party is prepared to contest the NDC at the courts.

Mr Seth Asare, the NPP Constituency Organiser, said there is no portion of the CI that a person making objection should hail from the community where the eligibility was in question but that every Ghanaian is allowed to question the credibility f a voter they are not sure of.

Source: GNA/News Ghana

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