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Politics of Thursday, 21 May 2020


No one can dare compile a new register, NDC will 'fight' EC with our blood - Asiedu Nketia

NDC General Secretary, Johnson Asiedu Nketia NDC General Secretary, Johnson Asiedu Nketia

General Secretary of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Johnson Asiedu Nketia, has strongly indicated that the opposition party is willing to fight tooth and nail against the Electoral Commission's (EC) quest to compile a new register for the 2020 general elections on December 7.

According to the NDC Chief Scribe, his party is prepared to resist any unconstitutional means by the electoral body which will not promote a free and fair election and possibly disenfranchise Ghanaians in the upcoming general elections.

Speaking on Okay FM’s Ade Akye Abia Morning Show, General Mosquito as affectionately called said "we are all part of the framers of the constitution and have placed the EC in charge of our elections in order to maintain the country’s democracy so that whoever becomes president is the only one duly elected by Ghanaians. Therefore if in the course of your duty we feel that you are not doing what Ghanaians are paying you to do, every Ghanaian has the right to say it as it is”.

Reiterating the determination of the opposition party to ensure that the right thing is done, Johnson Asiedu Nketia affirmed the NDC's decision to prevent the EC from conducting a new registration exercise unless it is in line with the constitution.

“We are telling the EC emphatically that they will not be allowed to begin the process of compiling a voter register. Let not the EC, NPP or any other body think that we are going to withdraw from the elections; it won’t happen and they shouldn’t also think that they can do things contrary to the 1992 constitution to scheme and cook up things to favour Akufo-Addo or any other person in the upcoming elections. That too, will not happen.

“We will insist on a free and fair elections, and then in the event of a registration exercise, it will be based on the respect of everybody’s human and civic rights, while ensuring an even playing field for all . . . and we will participate and win as NDC,” he assured.

Mr Asiedu Nketia was emphatic that the NDC will continue to publicly voice out the misdeeds of the EC as the electoral body appears not willing to heed to the advice of the NDC at Inter-Party Advisory Committee (IPAC) meetings.

“All the things we are talking about in public, we have already discussed with them at the IPAC meeting but they refused to listen and so if they won’t listen, should we say that since they have become block-headed, we should refrain from speaking out? We will continue to fight for the right things to be done. We are not saying that we are going to show EC something that the NDC had secretly planned to do," he fumed.