The Ashanti Regional Chairman of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Bernard Antwi-Boasiako, known in political circles as Wontumi, has sternly cautioned the Electoral Commission (EC) to refrain from being biased so as to gain the confidence and support of Ghanaians.
According to him, the EC for some time now, had been conducting its duties in a manner which seems to favour the National Democratic Congress (NDC) – the ruling political party – at the detriment of other political parties, including the NPP.
The NPP regional chairman warned that the EC’s biased attitude has the tendency of causing anger from the other political parties, which if care was not taken, could pose a threat to the peace of the nation, stating that the commission should be seen to be neutral.
Wontumi cited the EC’s continuous registration of eligible voters exercise which kick-started at its district offices across the country last week, to buttress his claim that the commission is being unfair to the other political parties.
Mr Antwi-Boasiako claimed that the NPP, which is the largest opposition political party in the country, was kept in the dark by the EC regarding the ongoing registration exercise.
He asserted that credible information indicated that the NDC was duly informed by the EC about the commencement of the registration exercise but the other political parties were not communicated to.
‘This is unacceptable; it is unfair and the entire country should lambast the EC for always trying to work to favour the NDC to hang onto political power,’ angry-looking Wontumi told DAILY GUIDE in a chat.
He said the commission, as mandated by the 1992 Constitution, should be fair to all political parties in the country so that it would gain the trust and support of the people ‘but sadly, this EC cannot be trusted by their questionable actions, so far.’
Wontumi stated categorically that he personally had nothing against the national electoral body, stressing that ‘I always want to make sure that the EC stayed neutral to boost our infant democracy.’
He vowed to openly kick against any future action of the EC which would seem to favour the NDC to win the next elections at all cost. ‘We at the NPP are not demanding much, we only want the EC to be fair and neutral,’ he posited.
FROM I.F. Joe Awuah Jnr., Kumasi
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