Politics of Monday, 4 June 2012
The National Democratic Congress (NDC) in the Ejisu-Juaben constituency has threatened to go to court over the way the Biometric Voters Registration Review Committee in the constituency is handling the various challenge cases before it.
Mr. Kofi Acheampong, the Constituency Chairman, gave the hint in an interaction with the media at Ejisu on the activities of the registration review committee which was set up by the Electoral Commission to address various challenge cases which came up during the just ended biometric voters registration exercise.
He said the party executive in the constituency was not pleased with the way the committee was addressing the cases, especially those involving minors.
Mr. Acheampong accused the committee of showing bias in favor of the opposition parties in the area.
He said some of the alleged minors who were challenged and had failed to appear before the committee to defend themselves had been given their identity cards notwithstanding.
Mr. Acheampong alleged that the committee had disregarded the laid down procedures for the review and had decided to go by their own way to handle the cases.
He claimed those who were challenged and perceived to be NDC supporters had been refused their ID cards.
It is because of this that the party was considering seeking justice at the law courts.
In all, 170 persons were challenged during the registration period.
Mrs. Alberta Mensah Bonsu, Ejisu-Juaben Municipal Electoral Officer and Secretary to the review committee, when contacted, refuted the allegations and said there was no way that the committee could be biased as the chairman was claiming.
She explained that the committee comprised representatives of political parties in the area, the police, one officer from Ghana Education Service, traditional rulers and religious leaders.
Under these circumstances it would be difficult for any person to manipulate the proceedings of the committee, she explained.
She said the committee had not completed its work and entreated those who had been invited to appear before it to do so.**