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Politics of Thursday, 6 October 2016


NDC scheming to rig December elections – Ashaiman NPP

With barely 63 days to the general elections, the New Patriotic Party (NPP) has accused the National Democratic Congress (NDC) in Ashaiman of plotting to rig.

The Ashaiman Constituency seat has since 1992 been occupied by the NDC, except in 2004, when the current MP, Alfred Agbesi lost the seat to the NPP’s Enoch Teye.

Mr. Agbesi however returned in 2008 to reclaim the seat and has held it till date.

Speaking to Citi News’ Elvis Wasington, the NPP’s Constituency Coordinator, Thomas Adongo said the NDC has been victorious in the constituency over the years because “they have members who have been helping them to rig elections.”

He said NPP executives in that constituency have gathered evidence to back their allegations.

“The NDCs have never won elections genuinely in the history of Ghana politics and we are saying it here again that in Ashaiman there are no exceptions.

“We have been loose by leaving the party so open for the NDCs to have a few hooligans to rig elections but this time around , we are not going to allow that.”

Allegations unfounded

But the Ashaiman constituency organizer of the NDC in a rebuttal described these allegations as unfounded.

He said the party has set a target of its 5,000 votes in this year’s elections which shall be realized come December.

“It is unfounded, that is why I say they are allegations. We win our elections from the polling stations. Why do we have to rig?”

These allegations come days after the Flagbearer, Nana Akufo-Addo, described the governing NDC as a party with a penchant for rigging elections.

The NPP Flagbearer’s comments were in response to the NDC Running Mate, Vice President Kwesi Amissah-Arthur, warning Ghanaians to be wary of attempts at rigging from the NPP during an address at Asawase in the Ashanti Region.

Speaking during his tour in the Ablekuma West constituency, Nana Akufo-Addo said, “what I know is that when it comes to rigging, they [NDC] are masters with a copyright in it. We will never do that, our party is very democratic.”