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Politics of Friday, 29 May 2020


PNC shouldn't have walked out of IPAC meeting - Atik rebukes National Organiser

Atik Mohammed, General Secretary, People's National Convention (PNC) Atik Mohammed, General Secretary, People's National Convention (PNC)

General Secretary of the People's National Convention (PNC), Atik Mohammed has condemned the party's boycott of the Inter-Party Advisory Committee (IPAC) meeting with the Electoral Commission on the compilation of a new voters' register.

The Electoral Commission called for an IPAC meeting on Wednesday, May 27, 2020 but the PNC National Organizer, Desmond Twumasi Ntow walked out of the meeting after questioning a Deputy Chairman of the EC, Dr Bossman Asare, on why the Commission has not responded to the party's letter objecting to the format of the meeting.

The National Organizer, who went to represent the PNC at the IPAC meeting, told the media that his walk-out was because of the response he received from Dr. Bossman Asare.

"I came here purposefully to inquire why the EC has not been able to respond to our letter and the response I got was that then why are you here, so I walked out,” he said.

Addressing the issue on Peace FM's 'Kokrokoo', Atik Mohammed rebuked Mr. Twumasi Ntow for exhibiting such conduct at the IPAC meeting.

He stated emphatically that the PNC supports the EC to exercise its constitutional mandate to compile a new voters' register, stressing that the party's position on IPAC meeting is not to stage a walk-out.

He further disclosed he (Atik Mohammed) was supposed to be present and not the party's National Organizer but he got embroiled in other equally relevant matters and so couldn't attend the meeting.

To him, Mr. Twumasi Ntow's character doesn't reflect the position of the PNC.

He was however not surprised at the conduct of the party's National Organizer during the meeting saying he went to do the bidding of the Inter-Party Resistance Against New Voter Register [IPRAN]; a group that he belongs to.

"Let it be on record that was not the PNC position; to go and stage a walk-out at IPAC. It has never been our position and it wasn't our position yesterday...I wasn't surprised that he went to do what he did because he's part of that group that says they will disrupt the Electoral Commission should the Commission go-ahead to do what the law permits them to do . . . It doesn't mean I should know what that group means and what it stands for. I just see they are all over the place shouting; sometimes saying things which are very treasonable," he said.