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General News of Thursday, 11 June 2020

Source: Peace FM

Stop hiding - Kwamena Duncan blasts Concerned University Lecturers


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Central Regional Minister, Kwamena Duncan has chastised the Concerned University Lecturers, Ghana, (CULG) over their letter to EC Chairperson, Jean Mensa.

The group comprising of over 100 public University lecturers, in an open letter to the EC Boss, challenged the EC's decision to compile a new voters' register claiming there the Commission's argument that the current register cannot be used for the 2020 elections is flawed.

The concerned University lecturers also noted that given that the country's Presidential and Parliamentary elections are six months away, it is wise for the EC to update the existing register rather than compiling a new one.

“So far, we have not seen any evidence to suggest that an updated version of the existing register cannot perform the same role in the 2020 Presidential and Parliamentary elections, as the outcomes of these elections have been described by your office and other stakeholders as some of the most credible elections in our country’s history," the group argues in the letter signed by 101 lecturers.

“We are worried about the international image of our country and wish to draw your attention to the negative effects of your decision to compile a new voters’ register, as that conduct will violate Section II Article 2 (1) of Protocol A/SP1/12/01 on Democracy and Good Governance Supplementary to the Protocol relating to the Mechanism for Conflict Prevention, Management, Resolution, Peacekeeping and Security, which forbids ECOWAS nations from making any extensive changes to electoral regimes in the last six (6) months before elections.''

Making his submissions on Peace FM's 'Kokrokoo', Kwamena Duncan asked the group to stop hiding behind the name ''concerned University lecturers'' and let Ghanaians know they're doing the bidding of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC).

He noted that the group has been charged by the NDC and helping to push the party's agenda.

Kwamena Duncan however expected the concerned lecturers to elevate their discourse saying their letter didn't establish any new thing that the NDC leadership and members haven't said about the Electoral Commission and its new voters' registration exercise.

''I thought I was going to see a certain superior argument...Concerned lecturers, we were looking for superior argument to show that what you're saying is deep but you bring the same old rehash...Clearly, it's a show of dishonesty because these are known NDC people. So, I would have loved to see that these are NDC lecturers sympathizers of the party," he told host Kwami Sefa Kayi.



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