By Gifty Arthur
The National Democratic Congress (NDC), has explained it does not speak for the Electoral Commission (EC), contrary to views held by it opponents, the New Patriotic Party (NPP).
According to the governing party, it has every right just like the EC to speak on issues from the Inter Party Advisory Committee (IPAC) which the NPP continuously misinterprets and acts hypocritically about.
General Secretary of the party, Johnson Asiedu Nketia said this, at a press briefing on Wednesday in Accra, which according to him was to draw the attention of the nation and by extension, the international community, on the posture of the NPP towards the December 7 general elections.
The NDC believes the acts and behaviour of the largest opposition party, have the “potential of subverting Ghana’s peaceful march towards a free, fair, and transparent elections in December this year”.
The NDC scribe, who is popularly known as “General Mosquito” questioned rhetorically, “What gives the EC the right to respond and we don’t have the right to respond, when we are equally participants in the decision”?
Those who want to silence us always claiming that we are responding when EC is supposed to be responding, they don’t know what they are talking about, and we are under every obligation to defend decisions with documentary evidence”.
Reacting to barrage of issues, especially the one by the NPP that, the EC, single-handed decided to contract IT firms to transmit the December elections scores, were false.
The largest opposition party, said it is opposed to the decision by the election management body to transmit results electronically during this year’s polls.
Campaign manager, Peter Mac Manu in a statement accused the EC of taking a unilateral decision on the matter without consulting the political parties.
But reacting to the NPP’s sudden U-turn, General Mosquito said “What the EC did not disclose is the fact that the whole idea of the E-transmission of results was a proposal from none other than the NPP which was exhaustively debated and accepted by the Committee before approved by IPAC and finally accepted by the Electoral Commission”.
To buttress his point, he quoted portions of document signed by the late Jake to IPAC, saying “The Commission may adopt the use of satelite transmission of results to the National Tallying Centre pending the receipt of pink sheets from the regions.
In this regard, the EC, should consider procuring handheld scanners to scan and send all pink sheets to Accra, before collation and receipt of hard copies”.
He continued “Is it not surprising that the NPP is kicking against the E-transmission and blaming its introduction on EC without notice or involvement of political parties”.
The NDC, charged the NPP to desist from behaving like an over pampered child and ensure they are consistent with their positions, otherwise the rest of the country, will leave them behind.
“We wish to tell the NPP in plain language that, they should let their yes be yes and their no be no, in order to safeguard the little integrity left in that disorganised party”, he said.
Meanwhile, a fellow at the Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA), Dr. Ransford Gyampo, has expressed disgust about the position of the NPP.
The senior lecturer at the Political Science Department, University of Ghana, said “This [NPP’s opposition] is coming from as far as I am concerned the major parties were given representations at the Electoral Reform Committee” adding the claims are “unfair” to Ghanaians”.