"The ruling National Democratic Congress has pulled out of an Institute of Economic Affairs’ (IEA) sponsored debate for or against a new voters’"
The ruling National Democratic Congress has pulled out of an Institute of Economic Affairs’ (IEA) sponsored debate for or against a new voters’ register ahead of the 2016 elections.
According to a statement signed by General Secretary Johnson Asiedu Nketiah, the Umbrella party said it is unable to participate because the IEA is “attempting to usurp, or compete with the EC over the Voters Register issue; which is unacceptable.”
Below is the full unedited press release:
RE: IEA's Invitation To Debate On Ghana's Voters Register ----------------------------------------------
Per a letter dated, September 28, 2015, the Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA), invited the National Democratic Congress (NDC), to participate in a debate scheduled for, Tuesday, October 20th, relating to the NPP-sponsored call for a new Voters Register.
The NDC, is unable to participate in the said debate because:
1. The Electoral Commission is the Body mandated to deal with all issues relating to election matters
2. It is very surprising that the IEA, is organising this debate after it was part of a decision that was taken by the, Ghana Political Parties Programme (GPPP), that the EC should be in-charge of this matter.
3. The IEA is attempting to usurp, or compete with the EC over the Voters Register issue; which is unacceptable
4. The EC has opened its doors for submissions from political parties as well as Civil Society Groups; so if the IEA has some concerns, it should be channeled to the EC
5. If the Forum is about collating views to formulate a position of the GPPP on the Voters Register, it is rather belated because a comprehensive Report by the GPPP has already been submitted.
Johnson Asiedu Nketiah
(NDC, General Secretary)
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