Our position on new register has not changed-NDC
The opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) has rubbished claims that it has backtracked on its position on the new register following the participation of some of their executives in the Electoral Commission (EC’s) pilot registration exercise.
The Regional Vice Chairman of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) in the Volta Region, George Loh, became a topic for discussion on social media after he particip[ated the voter registration pilot.
But reacting to the concerns raised, he said he participated because he wanted to be sure what the procedure entails.
“I wanted to be sure that the EC would or would not do what they claimed they will do. So if they are piloting what they are saying are new machines, don’t we deserve to know what kind of things they are doing and if there are any hunky punky games, we prepare ourselves? So all those doing mischief with the thing should stop because the card they even gave is a dummy card. I cannot even use it for any election,” he told Accra based Citi Fm.
He added: “I spent close to 20 minutes even going through the process that was bad. In the middle of the process, they had to carry the tables and everything because rains were coming. They were talking about facial recognition which we didn’t see. They were not even forthcoming with answers to questions. You ask a question and they don’t want to talk because I believe they’ve been instructed not to answer pertinent questions.
“For me, the important thing is that the exercise is a confirmation of our stance as NDC that we are on the right track in opposing a totally new register. Because from what I went through, even the 700,000 that we anticipate to happen in the limited registration would be a problem, let alone 18 million Ghanaians that would have to be registered, coupled with people not having a Ghana card and passport. When I went, I deliberately said I didn’t have any NIA card or passport. So now they had to look for people to come and vouch for me and that process in itself took some time and it was problematic. So clearly, we are saying that we have been vindicated,” He indicated.
Some described his action as hypocritical and an action that showed that the NDC has changed their position on the new register.
But the Communications Director Sammy Gyamfi in a statement asked the public to disregard the assertion.
Read the full statement below