The New Patriotic Party (NPP) is challenging the Electoral Commission (EC) to provide proof of their method in determining that the alleged thousands of Togolese nationals on Ghana’s electoral register are indeed Ghanaians.
Addressing a press conference in Accra at the party’s headquarter’s Thursday, campaign manager of the NPP, Peter Mac Manu said the EC’s position on the voter’s register was pre-determined. He noted that the EC must explain for the persons on both Togo and Ghana register.
“… We want the EC to come again; by showing us the methods it used to establish that everyone of the 76,000 is a Ghanaian national. They should tell us how they established that fact that they are Ghanaians,” he said.
“… The NPP could not have provided any proof of citizenship status; it is the responsibility of the Electoral Commission together with other state bodies to cross check and confirm the citizenship status of these persons who also appeared in the register of Togo. What should have been done was for the EC to provide the documents and evidence of their citizenship status, which they provided before they were registered,” Mr. Manu opined.
Also the former Chairman NPP noted that the NDC will lose the 2016 elections with or without a new voters’ register. The NPP said they are confident they will win the November polls, according to the party, they have a plan B.
The NPP was responding to the EC’s position not to create a new voters’ register. After a petition filed by the NPP alleging that the current voters’ register is bloated with names of minors and foreigners, the EC announced that the party’s claims were not convincing enough to warrant a new register.