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General News of Friday, 21 August 2015

Source: citifmonline

We don't want an 'ECOWAS register' in Ghana - Akufo-Addo

The presidential candidate of the New Patriotic Party(NPP) in the 2016 general elections, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has reiterated the need to revise the current voters register.

According to him, any attempt to defend the registration of foreign nationals despite evidence submitted should be discouraged.

Nana Addo made these comments when some parliamentary candidates of the NPP paid a courtesy call on him at his residence on Thursday.

“We don’t want a West African election; we want a Ghanaian election. We only want an election of Ghanaian people who are entitled to vote,” he stressed.

The NPP at a media briefing on Tuesday stated that about 80000 Togolese nationals have been registered in the voters register.

According to them, these instances among others strengthen their call for a revision of the voters register in the build up to the 2016 general elections.

Nana Addo further stated that the party will not rescind in its quest to get the voters register revised,

“The NPP will continue to agitate peacefully, and advocate for a new voters register for 2016. At the end of the day, the Electoral Commission will have to look at our evidence, do what is right, and do what the people of Ghana are demanding,” he said.

Commenting on the responses by the governing NDC, Akufo-Addo noted that the party will not be perturbed by the actions of the NDC, stating that all the NPP wanted was a register that is fit for purpose.

“We don’t want an ‘ECOWAS register”.

Meanwhile, Nana Addo says he is optimistic of his win in the 2016 elections despite acknowledging that President Mahama is preoccupied with working to attain the same purpose.

Nana Akufo-Addo also urged NPP members to refrain from airing their grievances in the media, stressing that “even if an NPP member insults me, don’t retaliate. If you don’t retaliate, the issue will die,” he said.

The parliamentary candidates who visited Nana Addo included; Alex Kojo Abban-Gomoa West; Gabriel Nsoh Agana-Bongo; Ekow Quansah Hayford-Mfantseman; and Daniel Okyem Aboagye-Bantama.