The General Secretary of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Mr Johnson Asiedu Nketia has indicated neither he nor any member of the biggest opposition party in Ghana intends to defy the COVID-19 orders by H. E. Nana Akufo-Addo; hence their decision not to attend IPAC meetings organized by the Electoral Commission of Ghana.
Mr Asiedu Nketiah, popularly referred to as, “General Mosquito” was responding to claims by the Mr John Boadu, General Secretary of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP), the NDC deliberately sat out of recent IPAC meetings which seeking to amend the Constitutional Instrument (C.I) 91 of the electoral laws via the phone on Neat FM’s “Me Man Nti”show.
According to him, the said meeting was illegal and questionable, since it contravened the ban on public gatherings and is least surprised the C.I 91 is not approved by parliament yet.
“All we want to put across is that, even if we want to make changes in our electoral laws, a committee is formed at IPAC represented by lawyers of all the political parties, who then sit with legal team of the EC. They brainstorm together and come out with a draft with is reverted back to IPAC for consensus building before it is finally sent to parliament for approval. But for technical issues like equipment, I.T specialists of parties are make up the committee,” he revealed.
“Why would the President who made the decree that all political activities be suspended for a national fight against the coronavirus outbreak look on for people to infract the directives?” he questioned.
“The IPAC meeting infringed on the executive instrument and we risked being arrested for attending. Our presence at the meeting was impossible and we wrote officially to the EC on why such meeting was inappropriate since the EC activities was not mentioned as part of the essential services by the President,” he lamented.
He labeled the EC’s decision to hold the meeting in batches as laughable.
The EC is bent on compiling a new voter register for the upcoming 2020 General Elections and wants the C.I 91 amended proof of nationality limited to the use of NIA Cards and Passports in the registration process.
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