We’II not boycott 2020 polls & you’II declare us winners-NDC to EC

General Secretary of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Johnson Asiedu Nketiah has pointed out to the Electoral Commission that the umbrella family will not boycott the 2020 presidential and parliamentary elections despite the challenges they [NDC] have identified in the processes so far.

He made the remarks when he submitted the forms on behalf of former President John Dramani Mahama.

He slammed the EC describing them as incompetent and insisted the NDC would be declared, as winners of the 2020 polls come what may.

“The laws of the Commission indicated that an old register does not become extinct until a new one is finalised and certified. We have a situation when we are called upon to file nominations where there is a big doubt as to which register will be the base document for the filing of nominations.”

“It is unfortunate that a mature democracy like Ghana’s, we are having to go into elections as if we haven’t tasted democracy before,” he said.

Originally, the NDC were supposed to submit their forms at 11:00 am but delayed and when he appeared before the EC, he said some persons who endorsed the forms called leadership of the party that the EC had called to change their voter ID cards hence the party hard to use different persons to endorse the forms.

He said the decision by the EC to use a provisional register for the filing process instead of a certified one accounted for the delay of nomination submission.

“If the EC had used the old voters register the party wouldn’t have faced the situation where the EC detected mistakes and recall the identity cards of some voters who had endorsed the forms for their presidential candidate.”

He blamed the flaws in the register on the hurried nature by which the EC conducted the compilation saying: “As at today that we are filing the nomination forms, the EC is displaying provisional register”.

“Is it not strange that a certified register that is critical for the filing of the nomination is not ready while the process of nomination are on-going?” he asked.

Dr Bossman Eric Asare, the Deputy Commissioner in Charge of Corporate Service, disagreed with Mr. Nketiah saying that C.I.127 mandated the EC to use a provisional register for the filing process.

He reiterated the EC will run a credible election based on integrity and transparency.

“I can assure all Ghanaians that the process and the conduct of the elections will be the best in the history of the country,” he added.

However, the NDC staged a walkout when the Deputy Commissioner was addressing the issues he had raised.

By: Rainbowradioonline.com

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