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NPP SET TO WHIP NDC IN AYAWASO WEST

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The New Patriotic Party (NPP) is poised to whip the opposition National Democratic Congress in today’s by-election in Ayawaso West Wuogon, having held the Accra seat since 2000.

The New Patriotic Party (NPP) is poised to whip the opposition National Democratic Congress in today’s by-election in Ayawaso West Wuogon, having held the Accra seat since 2000.

The party’s candidate is “Home Girl” Lydia Alhassan, partner of the late MP for the same area Emmanuel Kyeremateng Agyarko.

The other contenders are the NDC’s male chauvinist Delali Kwasi Brempong, William Dowokpor of the Progressive People’s Party and Clement Boadi of the Liberal Party of Ghana.

Scared NDC

Terrified by the prospect of imminent defeat, the NDC decided to resort to Cambodian tactics to impugn the integrity of the Electoral Commission.

The party claimed that the EC had denied it access to copies of the voters’ register for the constituency.

But the EC has condemned what it calls consistent attempts by the opposition party to dent its credibility.

Propaganda

A statement signed by the EC’s deputy chairperson in charge of corporate services, Dr Bossman Asare, yesterday described the NDC’s claim as untrue.

According to the statement, the problem was rather a case of a letter from the NDC requesting access to the proxy list, transfer list and special voters’ list not going through due procedures at the EC.

“The NDC requested a copy of the said lists, late on Friday the 25th of January 2019, when the activities at the Commission had [wound] down,” the EC said.

“It is responsible to note that the author of the press release has unlimited access to the chairman responsible for operations, and could have reached him without much effort.”

The Commission said letters of such nature go through a process at the registry to record receipt before they are brought to the attention of the officer responsible for taking action.

“Requests for confidential information may require the approval of the chairperson or deputy chairpersons before same are released,” the EC said.

Playing to the gallery

The Commission said it was therefore surprised that the NDC did not approach it for clarification, but rather decided to go public and accuse the EC of bloating the register to favour “another party”.

“These allegations are baseless and unfounded and we call on the public to disregard them,” the statement said, adding: “Whilst the Commission believes in responding in a timely manner to requests from the political parties, it will not compromise its processes and laid-down systems for any entity.

“For the information of the public, the special voters’ list, transfer list and proxy list were contained in separate lists in 2016. They have now been combined with the main list, hence the increase in numbers.

“The Electoral Commission has since provided the NDC with all the registers/lists they have requested,” it said.