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Politics of Thursday, 28 May 2020


NDC’s absence at IPAC allowed sanity to prevail - Kofi Akpaloo

LPG founder, Kofi Akpaloo LPG founder, Kofi Akpaloo

Founder of the Liberal Party of Ghana (LPG), Mr. Kofi Akpaloo says he was happy the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) failed to show up at the Inter-Party Advisory Committee (IPAC) meeting on Wednesday.

The presidential candidate told Kwabena Agyapong on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm that the NDC had nothing meaningful to add to the deliberations that the various parties had with the Electoral Commission (EC) concerning its preparedness towards the compilation of the new register.

Mr. Akpaloo said the compilation of the new register is a must and the only way for us to have free, fair, credible and transparent elections this year.

The presence of the NDC he said would have amounted to nothing considering their position on the new register.

”The LPG as a party is satisfied with the arrangements of the EC and we are fully in support of the new register. We cannot go into this election with a register that is fraught with irregularities, he stated.

”The absence of the NDC at IPAC was good for the meeting. Sanity prevailed in the absence. They are troublesome and as a politician, I pray their party will collapse to save this country from their troubles. The high rate of unemployment and difficulties we have encountered as a country is their fault.”

Meanwhile, the EC has hinted it will conduct the compilation of the new register in five clusters.

The Director of Electoral Services at the EC, Dr. Serebour Quaicoe disclosed this to journalists after an Inter-Party Advisory meeting on Wednesday.

He said the exact date for the registration exercise would be announced later but it is expected to start in the last week of June 2020.

“This time around we are using five registration centres per a cluster. So assuming you have 15 polling stations, you divide the 15 by five, so that you have 10 clusters. And each cluster will form one registration team and each team will be made up of two registration officers, two data entry clerks, one registration officer special duties, he will be in charge of commuting between the team and the district office as well as exporting data and the rest, then we will have the laminator.”

“So each phase for the five,… will last for six days. So what it means is that the registration officers will go to the first phase of the five polling station centre in that cluster. So when they go to the first cluster, they will be there for six days, and when they are there for six days, on the 7th day, they will rest due to the rush and interaction and then they will move to the next registration centre in the second phase for another six days and one day to retool and then they will go to the third phase…”