BY SENANU DAMILOLA WEMAKOR
THE MAIN opposition party, the National Democratic Congress (NDC), has maintained that the Electoral Commission (EC) cannot compile a new voter’s register by the end of June as has been planned.
According to the party, a full-scale registration exercise cannot be held before the December polls except the EC and the government change the date for the elections.
The NDC and other political parties boycotted an Inter-Party Advisory Committee meeting on Wednesday over several concerns, including the venue of the meeting.
The NDC also alleged that the EC communicated 10:00p.m. as the time the meeting would start, meanwhile the meeting started at 10:00 a.m.
Deputy General Secretary of the NDC, Peter Boamah Otokunor, told Starr News’ Atiewin Mbilla Lawson the voters’ registration exercise could not be possible now.
“Let me put it on record right now on your station, perhaps maybe the first, that we can never start the registration by the end of June. I have heard others predicting around the 23rd of June as the beginning of the registration. That cannot happen. It is not possible.”
He stressed: “as we speak, the equipment is not in and it’s a fact they admitted at the meeting. As we speak the CI 126 which is an amendment of the CI 91 is not mature and it’s a fact they admitted at the meeting. And it’s also a fact that the CI 126 will mature the first week of June, that is a fact. And it’s also a fact that the same CI 126 in their current amendment that is pending provides that they furnish political parties with the registration centres, the registration officials and the date 21 days before the start of the registration.”
Mr Otokunor insisted that if the CI would mature on the 3rd of June, there was no way “you can start by 23rd. If you go by the 23rd, then it tells you clearly that the CI has to mature 3rd of June and they will do the gazetting that same day.”
He explained that “because when you prepare all those things and send for gazetting, the gazetting takes at least a week. So when you calculate all that, there’s no way you can start registration last week of June and we have maintained that. Perhaps you want to take this as a prophecy.”
“We stand by our position that we are on the path of destruction, we have set ourselves on the path of chaos, on the path of constitutional crisis and that is where the EC is taking us,” he ended.