The National Democratic Congress (NDC) says it will roll out a series of actions to compel the Electoral Commission, Ghana (EC) to extend the limited voter registration exercise to electoral areas.
The party said the suit it led four other political parties to file at the Supreme Court is only a first in the series of the actions.
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This was made known by the National Chairman of the party, Johnson Asiedu Nketia, in an emergency press conference on Tuesday, September 12.
The press conference was held on the day the exercise began at the district offices of the Commission.
It is expected to take 21 days including weekends.
According to the NDC National Chairman, the Commission failed to conduct limited registration in 2021 and 2022, therefore leaving a backlog of about 2.8 million unregistered voters.
“This huge backlog is the more reason why the EC’s decision to restrict voter registration to their district offices is unconscionable and preposterous,” he told journalists.
“In 2019, the EC conducted limited voter registration in 1,500 electoral area centres,” Mr Asiedu Nketia observed.
“Why will the EC reduce this number of registration centres to 268 now that they have a huge backlog of about 2.8 million persons to register?
“It simply doesn’t make sense.”
He said the EC’s agenda in taking this uncompromising stance is one.
“This irresponsible and unconscionable decision of the commission confirms the NDC’s long held view that the Jean Mensah-led EC is determined to rig the 2024 elections through voter suppression.
“But she will fail because we are ready for them.”
He was shocked only the New Patriotic Party (NPP) supports the EC action.
Nonetheless, the NDC National Chairman says the party has its agents and officers in all the district officers for the registration.
“Relatedly, we have outlined some discrepancies in the registration process which commenced this morning. And we wish to share a few with you in order to jolt the EC into action. We expect the EC to act swiftly in order to avert any further loss of confidence in the Commission.”
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