PNC divided over new register

The People’s National Convention is divided over its decision to support the compilation of a new register.

National Chairman Bernard Mornah has said the party’s official position is that the compilation of the register is a needless exercise.

However, its2016 presidential candidate who is currently the leader of the party Dr. Edward Nasigri Mahama has supported the compilation of the register.

Dr. Mahama directed the party’s Vice-Chairman to represent the party at a coalition of parties supporting the new register compilation.

It is the case of the Vice-Chair Henry Asante, that the EC has made a solid case for a new register in terms of cost, time and credibility.

But Bernard Mornah and the Inter-Party Coalition Against the New Voter’s Register are against the EC’s decision to compile a new register.

Mr. Mornah said: “I am saying that I am the National Chairman, if anybody has a contrary opinion, that should be the person’s opinion. Leaders of every group are those that represent the group, not their assistants. When President Akufo-Addo speaks that means that Ghana has spoken, Bawumia cannot come and counter what he has said.”

“It is strange that the Ambassador-at-large will be giving such orders because we can all recall that not long ago, under Charlotte Osei, there was pressure for a new voters’ register in 2016, the PNC’s formal position was that a new voters’ register was unnecessary. The arguments we advanced then, are arguments that are still relevant today and that position has not changed. If it were that the position that we held in 2016 had changed, then one could have said that I was going off course but I can say on authority that the position that we presented to the Commission that was set up by the EC then chaired by the late Justice V.C.R.A.C Crabbe, our position has been that a new voters’ register is not sensible until after a population census and no population census has been done and so the PNC position cannot change,” he told Accra based Citi Fm.

His Vice-Chair in a reaction said: ”“I was there in my capacity as the Vice Chairman of the PNC…I was delegated by leadership to represent the party and advance for a new voter register…The Chairman and the leader have the power to delegate but in our party, the leader is ultimate when it comes to that order. In other political parties, they have the chairman. I am not in the position to offend my chairman, I have that due respect for my National Chairman but I am happy to say that unlike other parties where the chairman has the ultimate say, in our party it is the leader. And until the next congress, the flagbearer of the party remains the leader of the party and that gives him the final say. I am not aware of any executive meeting that was held to decide on the party’s official stance on this matter.”

The thirteen political parties that are supporting the new register are the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Liberal Party of Ghana (LPG), National Democratic Party (NDP), People’s National Convention (PNC), Convention People’s Party (CPP) the United Progressive Party (UPP), Ghana Freedom Party (GFP), United Love Party (ULP), New Vision Party (NVP), Yes People’s Party (YPP), Democratic People’s Party (DPP), Great Consolidated Popular Party (GCPP) and the Reformed Patriotic Democrats Party (RDP).

By: Rashid Obodai Provencal