President John Mahama has urged the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) and other political pressure groups to leave the Electoral Commission to do its work independently.
He said by embarking on demonstrations to compel the EC to change or validate the voters' register, the NPP and political groups like the Let My Vote Count Alliance were unnecessarily harassing the commission.
“I believe the Electoral Commission should be left in peace to do its work, this harassment is not necessary,” he said in an interview on Takoradi-based Twin City Radio. The president urged the political players to channel their grievances through the Inter-Party Advisory Committee (IPAC) which he said represented the political parties and was the appropriate forum to address such concerns.
“So why do we sit in IPAC and confer with the Electoral Commission and our peers in IPAC and then we come out and do manifestations and other things and say it is our way or it is the highway. If we don’t have our way then nobody must have his way, I mean it really doesn’t help anybody,” he said.
President Mahama expressed confidence in the ability of the EC to deliver free and fair elections.“I’m not supposed to get involved in these things and interfere in the work of the Electoral Commission but I do believe that our Electoral Commission has proved over and over again that it is capable and so let us give it the peace of mind to be able to deliver a credible elections for us,” he said.
Both NPP and NDC are in full campaign mood as the elections inch closer.
President John Mahama has embarked on an ‘Accounting to the People’ tour of the Western Region.
The opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) has also carried out a demonstration in Kumasi, aimed at compelling the EC to undertake validation of the voters’ register before the elections.