Demands implementation of ROPAA should be global
The opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) has served notice to the Akufo-Addo government and the Electoral Commission (EC) that the party will not accept any new voters’ register compiled on the basis of the new national Identification card being issued by the National Identification Authority (NIA).
At a press conference held in Accra today, Deputy General Secretary, Peter Boamah Otukonor said the party may only come round to accepting a new voter’s register based on the Ghana Card if the NPP government rescinds its preclusion of the voters’ ID card as a legitimate document for registration to obtain the Ghana Card.
According to Mr. Otukonor, the preclusion of the voters’ ID card as a legitimate registration document for Ghana Card is a deliberate attempt by President Akufo-Addo to create a new lopsided voters’ register to aid him rig elections.
“The President’s haste to give himself unfair advantage in impending elections, has led him to unwittingly question his own legitimacy. He has claimed that a lot of foreigners have voter ID cards, hence the decision not to accept it. In one breath, he holds himself out as President of Ghana, voted for by persons who used the same Voter ID cards to cast their votes. In another breath, he brands these same voters as foreigners, who are unfit to be registered as Ghanaians.”
According to Otukonor, “We are fully aware that this illogical and bizarre position taken by President Akufo-Addo is aimed at voter suppression in the Volta Region and other strongholds of the NDC where passports and birth certificates are not widespread, while using state resources at his disposal to facilitate the acquisition of passports and birth certificates for people in NPP strongholds to register.
“We wish to serve notice to Jean Mensah and her lieutenants especially Dr. Bossman Asare at the Electoral Commission; that the National Democratic Congress (NDC) will not accept any new electoral register compiled based on the Ghana Card which excludes voter ID cards as a means of identification or registration,” Peter Otukonor said.
Meanwhile the NDC has also stated that the EC’s decision to implement the Representation of People’s Amendment Act (ROPAA) will only be accepted if the Universal Adult Suffrage is extended to all Ghanaians abroad and not a select few.
“As far as the NDC is concerned, if ever ROPAA is implemented, it should be on an ‘everywhere or nowhere’ principle. In other words, every Ghanaian living everywhere on earth must be afforded the opportunity to vote in the national elections.
“If President Akufo-Addo and the Electoral Commission perceive this as an opportunity to let only persons living in places where NPP supporters dominate to vote, in order to swing elections in the NPP’s favour, then they are grossly mistaken,” Peter Boamah Otukonor said.
Source: the republic responsible.com/ Stan Assor Jnr