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General News of Monday, 7 November 2016

Source: Peace FM

EC wants to run parliamentary elections before presidential - NPP Chairman

The Kwabre South Constituency Chairman of the NPP, Odeneho Kwaku Appiah, has launched a passionate appeal to the National Peace Council, Christian Council of Ghana, Muslim Council and other groups to as a matter of urgency prevail upon the Electoral Commission to refrain from any action that can plunge the country's democracy into chaos.

The NPP Chairman's appeal follows what he said was rumours that the EC chairperson, Mrs. Charlotte Osei and her Commission are planning to run the Parliamentary Elections before the Presidential polls.

According to Chairman Odeneho, the EC has a potential plan to go ahead with the Parliamentary polls in an event that it does not meet the deadline for the presidential polls as a result of the legal dispute between the Commission and some aspiring presidential candidates.

Addressing supporters of the NPP at a rally held in Afrancho, the NPP Constituency Chairman pointed out that since there is no strict constitutional provision requiring that both should be held on the same day, the EC Chairperson will exploit that loophole to implement that heinous plan.

It is for this reason therefore that the NPP Constituency Chairman is sounding clarion caution to all stakeholders particularly the Peace Council and other respected bodies to quickly intervene and stop the EC from creating confusion.

"It is the duty of all of us to stand up against any threat that has the tendency to jeopardize the country's democracy. The EC Chairperson and her colleagues must not be allowed to do things their own way," He said.

On his part, the NPP MP for the area and candidate-elect, Hon. Owuraku Aidoo, charged supporters of the party to rally behind the flagbearer, Nana Addo Dankwah Akufo Addo, with few days to the elections and ensure that the party emerges victorious.

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