THE ASHANTI Regional branch of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) is brimming with rage over the Chairperson of the Electoral Commission (EC), Charlotte Osei’s claim that over 200,000 multiple names have been detected in the voter register in the region.
The NPP, which fortress in terms of electoral fortunes is the region, considers the EC boss’ claim as baseless and not credible, wondering the motive behind the statement.
The largest opposition political party in the country suspects that it is one of the numerous ploys by the EC to reduce the NPP votes in the Ashanti Region during the coming national polls.
Sam Pyne, Ashanti Regional Secretary of the NPP, said Ms Charlotte Osei’s claim was untrue, filled with malice and aimed at reducing the NPP’s votes during the November presidential and parliamentary polls.
He was of the strong conviction that the EC’s claim was one of the numerous schemes being adopted by the electoral body to help the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) win this year’s elections on a silver platter.
According to Mr Pyne, the NPP would do everything legally possible to stop the EC from handing electoral victory to the NDC without sweat, noting that the NPP is poised and ready for the elections.
Mr Sam Pyne stated categorically that it is not true that a staggering 200,000 multiple names are in the voter register in the Ashanti Region, cautioning that the NPP would not sit aloof for the EC to tamper with the voter register at will.
He recounted that prior to Dr. Afari-Gyan’s departure as the EC boss, it was communicated to the political parties that about 50,000 multiple names had been detected in the voter register in the region.
Even that small figure which was given by Dr. Afari Gyan was strongly contested by the NPP, noting that all attempts by the EC to favour the NDC ahead of the other political parties would not wash.
According to him, he was highly surprised that the current EC boss had been given a staggering figure which is totally different from what her predecessor communicated to the political parties, including the NPP.
The NPP regional scribe, who was speaking on Nhyira FM, suspected that the EC had come out with the huge figure so that it would hide behind it and remove names of people who are qualified to vote in the region.
Sam Pyne wondered why the EC boss did not mention any region apart from the Ashanti with regards to the multiple names in the voter register, stating that Ms Osei had a sinister motive.
According to him, the leadership of the NPP would strongly resist any fiendish move by the EC to unlawfully disenfranchise qualified voters in the Ashanti Region this year. “We have more votes here so we’ll not allow the EC to reduce our votes unjustifiably,” the party stressed.
FROM I.F. Joe Awuah Jnr., Kumasi