Kumasi: NDC accuses EC of inflating registration figures
The Ashanti regional branch of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) is accusing the Electoral Commission (EC) of deliberately falsifying figures in the ongoing voters’ registration exercise in the Ashanti region.
This the party claims is to help the ruling New Patriotic Party in the upcoming general elections.
Addressing a press conference, the Regional Secretary of the NDC, Kwame Zu said there were a number of irregularities that had characterised the registration exercise and has called on the EC to address them
“We believe that these acts are deliberate, carefully calculated and well-designed attempts to pad figures in the Ashanti Region. We have drawn the attention of the EC to the development and their district officers have confirmed our figures to be right. The regional leadership of the EC has also admitted that the figures are added but as usual, they claim the figures were entered in error. We are giving the EC 48 hours to as a matter of urgency publish the right figures for the first batch of the first phase of the registration exercise to safeguard the integrity of the new voters’ roll. We also serve notice that if the intention of the EC is to test our vigilance, then they are in for a marathon because we are monitoring them closely, from all angles and from all ranges and they cannot beat us to this game, we understand this game better.”
He said the areas the NDC has discovered irregularities are the Offinso North constituency and Afigya Sekyere East constituency.
He alleged that the number of eligible persons registered had been doubled or tripled by the EC and did not tally with the figures in the national tally.
He added: “Also in the Juaben constituency, the EC has registered 5,802 applicants in the first batch of the first phase, but as usual, Madam Jean Mensa has decided to publish 11,574 registrants…In the Afigya Kwabeng North constituency, the Electoral Commission (EC) has registered 5,268 applicants but as predictable, madam Jean Mensa and her EC have decided to publish 10,419 registrants.”