We don’t need EC to rig 2020 polls for us, we’II win on merit-NPP

The ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) says it does not need the Electoral Commission (EC) to rig the 2020 elections in their favour because they will win the polls with or without a new register.

The party has therefore advised the NDC to mobilise itself like, they [NPP] did in 2016 after their call for a new register was shot down.

The opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) claims there is “a ploy to rig the 2020 general elections in concert with the National Identification Authority.

The party made the claim at a press conference today [Thursday]

It’s National Chairman Samuel Ofosu Ampofo alleged that the decision of the Electoral Commission to push for the Ghana Card, birth certificate and Passport as the primary documents required to register during the voters’ registration exercise is part of a grand scheme to rig the 2020 elections in favour of the governing NPP.

Mr. Ampofo in his address alleged that the decision by the NIA to increase the number of registration centres in the Ashanti region but keep few in the strongholds of the NDC is part of the voter suppression agenda.

But reacting to these allegations, campaign manager for the NPP Mr. Mac Manu said: ”We do not need the EC to rig an election in our favour. A government that has put some 1.3 million children to school, (who if NDC was in power would be on the streets) does not need an election to be rigged in its favour. A government that has restored industry and is creating jobs for the people does not need an election to be rigged in its favour.

He continued: ”’A government that has put 100,000 unemployed graduates to work does not need an election to be rigged in its favour. A government that puts the interest of the ordinary Ghanaian first, whether it is in protecting the money of millions of depositors, or absolving the cost of electricity and water of 30 million Ghanaians, to ease the sufferings of the people when there is a crisis, such a government does not need an election to be rigged in its favour. The President continues to show leadership and commitment to the welfare of ordinary Ghanaians and it is this which gives us confidence that the Ghanaian people will recognize his leadership and performance and allow the party that knows how to deliver to continue.”

He said the NPP was prepared to fight and win the 2020 polls on their own merit.

”We intend to fight and win in December based on our performance.
Let me repeat, Ghanaians must find out why the NDC is so against the compilation of a new register which promises enhanced security features, such as facial recognition. What is it about the 2012 register that the NDC holds sacred? What is it about the 2012 register that the NDC claims if it is replaced, they will never win an election? In what way did they tie their electoral fortunes to the maintenance of a discredited register? They ought to tell us. What is it about the 2012 register that the NDC claims they are prepared to foment trouble if it is replaced?”

By: Rashid Obodai Provencal

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