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General News of Wednesday, 19 August 2015

Source: citifmonline

NPP's Togolese voters register claims 'from space' – NDC

Johnson Asiedu Nketia, the General Secretary of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), is wondering if the New Patriotic Party's (NPP) supposed 76,286 Togolese on Ghana’s voters register came “from space.”

He argues that the evidence provided by the NPP was “deliberately manufactured.”

“The document I saw which they are purporting to be extracts from the Togolese register, if you look at it closely, you will realise that whereas the faces they show on the Ghana register has the picture and name of the individual plus other details, in the case of Togo, they just put the picture there and then put some long serial number there.” “This is the latest form of voter registration that has just come from space,” he alleged.

He further argued that “a close examination of the pictures presented as evidence of registration by Togolese and Ivorians shows a clear case of deceptive manipulation of photographs taken at different times.”

Asiedu Nketia said in many of the purported evidences provided by the NPP, the two pictures presented as those of one person bear no resemblance to each other adding that “more importantly, the pictures the NPP purports to be samples of a Togolese register do not bear the names of the supposed voters, neither does it bear the age or gender of the supposed voters.”

“We are convinced beyond any doubt that the NPP deliberately manufactured this lie to justify unfounded calls by them and their surrogates for a new voters register. We find it curious that days after the NPP, in a bizarre press statement, claimed that some persons were going round collecting voter ID cards of unsuspecting Ghanaians with promises of giving them loans and jobs, such dubious claims about the voters register should be made.”

The NPP on Tuesday petitioned the Electoral Commission over claims that Ghana’s voters register is fraught with 76, 286 Togolese names, minors and persons who registered using NHIA ID cards.

They also claim Ghanaians have lost trust in the register hence must be scrapped and a new one compiled.

They urged the Electoral Commission to compile a new voters register before June 2016.