The Chairman of the Elections Committee of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) has reacted to claims by national chairman aspirant Paul Afoko that some members of the party have illegally been given voting rights ahead of the party’s national delegates conference.
According to Martin Adjei Mensah Korsah, some of the concerns raised in Paul Afoko’s petition to the election committee were inaccurate and partly untrue.
The chairman aspirant in a petition quoted a constitutional provision and listed a category of people he claimed had no voting rights.
Among such people included directors of the party, past presidential candidate and vice presidential candidate.
At a press conference held Thursday, Paul Afoko accused members of the Elections Committee of putting a spin on his petition.
“They are saying I Paul Afoko want to stop Nana Addo, stop Bawumia and stop president Kufuor from voting at the Congress. Usually I don’t use words that are not nice but in this instance I want to say it and say it bluntly. They are telling lies. A pack of lies.
While admitting writing the letter, he said he never mentioned Nana Akufo-Addo, his vice and president Kufuor as having no voting right because he knew all the three were members of the party’s National Council and members of the Council had voting rights.
Paul Afoko accused the elections committee members of not having the “courtesy” to even acknowledge receipt of his letter but chose to vilify him and put a spin on his petition.
“I knew that Akufo-Addo, President Kufuor and Bawumia have voting rights. The people who don’t have the rights to vote are the people who have put this letter out. The directors. Those directors who are allowed by the constitution to attend the National Executive Committee meeting but as non-voting members.
According to him the party was supposed to give candidates the party’s voters register one month before the election but the party gave them the register only last week.
He said they later found in the list the names of directors who per the constitution had no voting rights, a situation he insisted was untenable.
But in a sharp rebuttal the chairman of the NPP Elections Committee said the comments by Afoko were inaccurate.
“You may have to read what has been written. Luckily for us there is a statement, a petition written and signed and that petition has named a certain category of people. If you talk of past presidential candidate, there is only one; past running mate there is only one. So where the spin is, it is for you the media to identify and make it clear.
“I think some level of dishonesty must be put aside and if you make a position you are bold to stand by it.
Mr Korsah said the party will be issuing an official response to Mr Afoko.
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