NEWLY-ELECTED flagbearer of United Progressive Party (UPP) for the 2016 polls, Akwasi Addai, popularly called Odike, has descended heavily on the Electoral Commission, describing it (EC) as a corrupt institution.
He has accused the EC of ‘collecting money from government in 2012 which was meant to be distributed to the various political parties but the political parties did not receive a pesewa from the EC.’
The UPP leader said the EC had since 2012 failed woefully to account for that money.
Sounding angry, he asked the EC about what it did with the undisclosed amount of money which it took from the state in 2012, adding, ‘In 2008 the EC distributed vehicles to the various political parties from the funds it collected from the state.’
He wondered why the EC refused to provide any financial or logistic assistance to the political parties during the 2012 polls even though the state gave the EC money to execute that job.
Odike launched the verbal assault on the EC after the host of the morning show on Hello FM, King Edward, told him that the EC was planning to ban political parties who do not have the required party offices across the country, including the UPP from participating in general elections.
The UPP presidential candidate said the EC is corrupt morally ‘so the EC do not have any right to ban any political party in the country’, pointing out that a lot of work is needed to be done by the EC, which is currently ‘not acting right.’
Odike said even though the UPP currently boasts of 32 offices across the country which is woefully far below the requisite number of offices required by a political party, the EC has no right to ban his political party.
He argued that the EC recently supervised the UPP’s maiden national congress which saw him (Odike) being elected as flagbearer of the party, noting that ‘the EC cannot turn around to ban my political party after it had supervised the UPP congress.’
The UPP presidential candidate
mentioned that any attempt by the EC to ban the smaller political parties in the country due to lack of party offices, would clearly defeat the multi-party democracy system being practised in Ghana.
He insisted that it is the core duty of the state to assist the smaller political parties to grow in order to enrich Ghana’s infant democracy.
FROM I.F. Joe Awuah Jnr., Kumasi
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