The National Democratic Congress (NDC) has fingered the Electoral Commission (EC) with regard to the ongoing Limited Voter Registration exercise.
The NDC is alleging that the electoral management body has deliberately deployed faulty machines to its strongholds.
The chairman of the NDC, Johnson Asiedu Nketiah, disclosed that this is a calculated effort to suppress votes in their strongholds.
Addressing a press conference on Tuesday, September 12, Mr Asiedu Nketiah insisted that the EC is committed to frustrating the party’s eligible registrants.
“There are not more than two centres where these breakdowns are happening which are in the stronghold of the NPP.”
“All the rest are in the stronghold of the NDC, it is like his excellency when he was complaining about politicking within the bar association which turns to campaign at the bar conference,” he said.
He however warned that the NDC will strictly oppose any attempt(s) by the EC and the NPP to suppress votes in the exercise.
According to him, they will police the process with all the resources they have.
“We are ready, very ready but we care for the poor registrants who must cater for the costs and constraints of being registered to vote. We currently have our agents and officers in all 268 district offices of the Electoral Commission countrywide and we are keenly and actively monitoring the process.
“We will ensure that the manipulation of the EC and the NPP to rig the process are defeated and defeated soundly,” Mr. Nketia said.
The EC, on Tuesday, September 12 commenced the registration of new voters across its 268 district offices despite opposition from some political parties.
Last week, the NDC and four other political parties – the Convention People’s Party (CPP), All People’s Congress (APC); Liberal Party of Ghana (LPG); and the Great Consolidated People’s Party (GCPP) – sued the EC at the Supreme Court over the Commission’s decision to restrict the registration exercise to its district offices.
But, a date has since not been fixed for the hearing of the case. The reason the exercise is currently underway.
The ongoing limited voter registration forecasts registering over 1.3 million persons who have turned 18 years old since the last registration exercise in 2020.