NDC opts out as EC holds talks with political parties today

Politics of Wednesday, 27 May 2020

Source: Daily Mail

Deputy General Secretary of the NDC, Peter Boamah Otokunor

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After dragging the Electoral Commission (EC) to the Supreme Court, the National Democratic Congress has opted out of an impending engagement with the electoral management body.

The National Democratic Congress (NDC) has said that it will not be part of the meeting slated for today, Wednesday, May 27, 2020, if the EC does not rescind its decision to hold it in batches.

Today’s meeting is aimed at updating the parties on the new voters’ register and election related matters.

But the NDC believes it will be close to impossible to achieve the purpose of the meeting, which is consensus building, if all political parties do not sit around the table at the same time to discuss the issues at stake.

While the EC argues that it is consistent with the social distancing protocols in the wake of the Coronavirus pandemic, the NDC believes the meeting could be held if it is moved to a bigger venue.

Deputy General Secretary of the NDC, Peter Boamah Otokunor had said in an interview that: “What stops the Electoral Commission, even under compliance of the public health protocols, to rent a bigger auditorium and send all the 16 political parties together? In actual fact, we have agreed at IPAC that every political party is represented by three people at IPAC.”

“Now they have unilaterally decided that political parties should bring one representative each. Even with that, if they are going to do that, they can just find an appropriate auditorium that will host all the political parties together so that discussions can make meaningful sense,” he said.

“But here we are, they have just completely disregarded our concerns and they have called for the meeting without recourse to the issues that we raise. So in consistence with our earlier decision, we are unable to participate in this meeting which has been described as an IPAC meeting,” Otokunor maintained.

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