Politics of allegations 24 hours to elections: NPP throws out NDC claims of intimidation

Politics of allegations 24 hours to elections: NPP throws out NDC claims of intimidation

- The ruling NPP has discounted all claims of intimidation by the NDC

- A statement signed by the General Secretary says the NDC smells defeat

- The EC and police are on high alert against mayhem in December 7

Even before the main opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) held a press conference to address allegations of intimidation ahead of the elections on Monday, the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) has issued a press statement denouncing the claims.

In an 8-pointer press statement signed by the General Secretary, John Boadu, the party indicated that the NDC was rather to blame for the various “thuggery and political trickery” in Ghana’s electioneering process.

According to the statement; “the NDC is making these allegations because it sees defeat staring it in the face. These allegations are being thrown in, 24 hours to an election”.

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The general secretary of the party further stated that the party is confident in the competence of the Electoral Commission as well as the election security taskforce to deliver.

Meanwhile, the opposition NDC in the NorthEast Region is accusing the NPP parliamentary candidate for Yagaba/Kubori, Mustapha Isuf, of a plan to cause mayhem and disruption on election day tomorrow.

Regional Executives of the party at a press conference claim the NPP parliamentary candidate plans to use government sponsored thugs who will attempt to intimidate voters in the party strongholds in the constituency.

The party's communication Officer, Imoro Abdul Razak, who addressed the media, however warned the NDC will resist any form of intimidation on the day of election.

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“We are very alert against any form of intimidation. Let this be a warning to our colleagues on the other side that we will not tolerate any form of unfair practice,” he warned.

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Meanwhile, the Electoral Commission of Ghana has published a graphical representation of all the information voters need to know about before, during and after casting their ballot on December 7th.

Punishable offences include compelling someone to vote for a particular candidate, having your name in the voters register in more than one polling station, to be in possession of another person’s Voter’s ID card, to attempt to vote before the polls open at 7am or after it closes at 5pm, to forge or destroy a ballot paper, among other offenses.

In all, 17,027,641 eligible voters will be casting their ballots on Monday, December 7 across 33,396 polling stations in the country.

Stakes are so high for both candidates. A win for Akufo Addo will virtually retire John Dramani Mahama in his ambition for the presidency. A win for John Mahama will also make Akufo Addo the first President in the history of the NPP to be a one-term president.

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The University of Ghana department of political science, in a recent poll, declared President Akufo Addo as the probable winner of the 2020 elections. John Mahama of the NDC rubbished the poll stating he is still confident of emerging victorious.

Ahead of the polls on Monday, December 7, The Election security task force, estimated at 6000 personnel, has been deployed across the country ahead of the polls on Monday.

Ghana has been praised across the world for peaceful elections since the 4th Republic. The country has often been set aside as a reference point of successful elections and peaceful transition of power. To this end, international and local election observers are looking out for “the peaceful Ghana we all know”.

The Ghana Police Service says voters who come over the polling station with party branded face masks will not be allowed to vote. Public relations officer of the Ghana Police Service, explained this is part of measures to keep the election process safe.

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