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Politics of Friday, 29 May 2020

Source: Peace FM

'Coronavirus restrictions not court injunction to restrain EC' - Abronye DC

New Patriotic Party (NPP) Bono Regional Chairman, Kwame Baffoe popularly known as Abronye DC has cautioned members of the largest opposition NDC to stop shifting goalpost for not attending the EC's meeting.

According to him their Deputy General Secretary, Peter Boamah Otokunor made known their stance concerning the meeting in public even before the letter of invitation was sent to them.

He said the NDC should as such stop justifying their reasons for not attending the EC's last Wednesday meeting.

He wondered how the NDC alone as a political party have a different time on their invitation letters.

'10pm Invitation'

One of the reasons the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) gave for their recent boycott of an Inter-Party Advisory Committee (IPAC) meeting was the fact that their invitation letter had the wrong time on it.

Initial letters sent out by the Electoral Commission (EC) had 10 pm stated as the time for the IPAC meeting. This was later changed to 10 am after the Commission realized their mistake.

Throwing more light on this during a one-on-one interview on Peace FM's morning show 'Kokrokoo', Deputy Electoral Commission Chair, Dr. Bossman Asare reaffirmed that the EC changed the time and sent corrected copies to the various political parties through their emails.

He said the letters were sent to two executives in the NDC (names undisclosed) and he has evidence to that effect.

Dr Bossman Asare further said the NDC is just trying to use the '10 pm' error as an excuse.



Restrictions not court injunction

Abronye DC in an argument on UTV's 'Adekye Nsroma' newspaper discussion show insisted the "COVID-19 restrictions introduced by President Akufo-Addo are not court injunction to stop the EC from meeting its stakeholders in preparation towards the upcoming general elections".

"It is the main reason why members of the Electoral body have found it necessary to reduce members of its stakeholders at a given meeting, therefore, the two separate discussion sessions with a number not exceeding 25 people," Abronye DC further explained.

He confirmed the EC has not erred in any of the COVID-19 safety measures outlined by the President as members of some political parties claim.

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