- NDC to boycott Wednesday's IPAC meeting
- The biggest opposition party says the EC is not constituting the meeting properly
- Hence their decision to stay out of the meeting
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The opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) has hinted that it will not be present for the Electoral Commission’s crucial Inter-Party Advisory Committee (IPAC) meeting scheduled for Wednesday, May 27, 2020.
The NDC’s deputy general secretary, Peter Boamah Otokunor noted that the IPAC meeting to be held by the EC is illegitimately called hence the party’s decision not to attend.
The Electoral Commission is expected to update the political parties on the preparations for the voters’ registration exercise.
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But the NDC is vehemently disagreeing with the meeting.
“The last IPAC meeting which was held on 25th March 2020, we raised various concerns which led to political parties boycotting and we (NDC) walked out. That meeting does not constitute a proper IPAC meeting because they had divided one committee into groups– you may want to call it double tracking– to decide on the same issue. And we think that with any such approach, you are not going to properly appreciate and understand the issue and contributions from various political parties and we believe that, decision making will be problematic. So we decide not to participate in that meeting because we raised a question earlier and we are waiting for a response which did not come so we decided to boycott the meeting because it was not going to serve the purpose for which it was called,” Mr. Otokunor said in an interview with Citi FM.
He went on to state that the EC has failed to learn lessons from the errors it made in the last meeting. He opined that the Electoral Commission is refusing to put in place the proper mechanism to hold a proper legitimate IPAC meeting in which decisions can be accepted by all stakeholders.
The Electoral Commission’s decision to compile a new voters’ register has been met with mixed reactions from the political front.
Whereas the NDC and some opposition parties are against the decision, the NPP and twelve other political parties have backed the move.
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Regardless of the resistance, the EC has decided to proceed with the exercise but subsequently, put it on hold following the outbreak of the Coronavirus.
Although the exercise is currently on hold following the COVID-19 pandemic, the EC says it will observe the necessary safety protocols if the time comes for the registration exercise to commence.
YEN.com.gh earlier reported that the debate and controversy as to who constructed the new Tema Motorway interchange project in Ghana are rife on social media.
Following the opening of the new Accra-Tema Motorway Interchange to traffic on Saturday, May 16, 2020, the two main political parties - NPP and NDC are claiming credit for the beautiful edifice.
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