NDC kicks against piloting of ROPAA in 2020 election

NDC kicks against piloting of ROPAA in 2020 election

The opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) has rejected a proposal by the Electoral Commission (EC) to pilot the implementation of the Representation of People Amendment Act (ROPAA) in the 2020 elections.

The NDC raised concerns with the number of countries pencilled down for the implementation of ROPAA, which is the law passed to allow Ghanaian citizens living abroad to vote in general elections.

The party wants assurances that ROPAA will be conducted in all the 193 countries recognised by the United Nations, instead of conducting the election in only 64 nations where Ghana had established embassies, before consenting to the Act.

NDC kicks against piloting of ROPAA in 2020 election

Jean Mensa is Chairperson for the Electoral Commission. Source: Ghanaweb.com
Source: UGC

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This was revealed by the Member of Parliament for North Tongu, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, during a roundtable discussion centred on the implementation of ROPAA ahead of the 2020 polls.

The NDC legislator, who is also a Ranking Member on Foreign Affairs in Parliament, said the party does not agree to plans by the EC to make Ghanaian Ambassadors in missions abroad serve as Returning Officers during the elections.

The Party also kicked against the proposal that Ghana’s embassies abroad should lead the registration of eligible Ghanaians in the Diaspora to vote.

This, the NDC stressed, was clearly against Article 45 of the 1992 Constitution.

In my honest view, I think Ghana is not ready for ROPAA implementation in 2020 election, but I support the principle, and I’m in solidarity with Ghanaians in the Diaspora and everywhere,” Mr. Ablakwah is quoted as saying by Myjoyfmonline.

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I want a peaceful election determined by Ghanaians in Ghana and the limited ones who have been voting from the Diaspora - student on scholarship, those working in the United Nations institutions and workers in Ghana’s Embassies.”

He called for the implementation of ROPAA to be discussed with political sentiments, questioning: “If the NDC was in power, would the NPP allow it to implement the ROPAA?”

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