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General News of Wednesday, 21 October 2015

Source: starrfmonline.com

Voters’ register debate: NDC must grow up - IEA

Executive Director of IEA, Jean Mensah Executive Director of IEA, Jean Mensah

The Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA) has taken a swipe at the governing National Democratic Congress (NDC) for boycotting its debate on the Voters' register which was held today.

The IEA had invited the two main political parties; the NDC and NPP for the exercise which is to help collate views to assist the EC to make a decision on calls for a new register.

But the NDC pulled out stating the IEA is usurping the authority of the Electoral Commission with such an exercise.

Speaking on the Morning Starr on Starr 103.5FM Tuesday, deputy general secretary for the party George Lawson alleged the civil society group has ulterior motive for the exercise.

But in reaction, the Executive Director of the IEA Jean Mensa told Starr News' Ibrahim Alhassan the phenomenon where the NDC denigrates their platform at one point and turn to use same at some other point when it favours them, must stop.

“We should be matured enough to participate in these processes, we are getting a little tired because sometimes you hear, the IEA has hidden agenda and when it suits us; other times, they launch onto that platform and that agenda and ride on the back of it. I think we should be matured and we should grow up.”

The opposition NPP and its allies have been calling for a compilation of a fresh register while the governing NDC maintains the existing electoral roll must only be audited ahead of the 2016 elections.

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