The New Patriotic Party (NPP) has denied a claim by the National Democratic Congress (NDC) that it is plotting with the Electoral Commission (EC) to insert the name of an unqualified candidate into the electoral register for the Assin North by-election.
The NPP says this claim is false and should be ignored.
The New Patriotic Party (NPP) is not seeking to transfer any voter to Assin North voters register, ignore the NDC’s baseless claims,” a statement issued by the Director of Communications of the NPP, Richard Ahiagbah said.
It added “True to their character, the NDC’s statement is replete with spurious claims and baseless allegations intended to mislead the Ghanaian public and, unsurprisingly, prepare the ground for them to reject their imminent defeat in the Assin North by-election. For the avoidance of doubt, the NPP wishes to, by this statement, set the records straight by responding as follows:
“The NPP emphatically debunks the allegations that the Party “is in a plot to illegally insert the name of an unqualified NPP Parliamentary Candidate into the Assin North Register”. Over the years, the NPP has worked hard to maintain its enviable position as the pacesetter of multiparty democracy in Ghana which includes the strengthening of independent democratic institutions like the Electoral Commission. As such, we cannot be the Party that would engage in any acts that would jeopardize the nation’s democratic gains.
“The NPP has no Parliamentary Candidate for Assin North. As publicly advertised, the Party is yet to hold Parliamentary Primaries in the Assin North Constituency to elect its parliamentary candidate for the by-election. It therefore beggars belief how the NDC is able to determine our parliamentary candidate ahead of time and to suggest that we are plotting with the EC to illegally insert his name in the Assin North register.”
THE NEW PATRIOTIC PARTY IS NOT SEEKING TO TRANSFER ANY VOTER TO ASSIN NORTH VOTERS REGISTER, IGNORE THE NDC’S BASELESS CLAIMS pic.twitter.com/1u7t6eZhfb
— Justin Kodua Frimpong (@justinkfrimpong) June 4, 2023
The NDC in a statement released by National Communications Officer Sammy Gyamfi said “this illegal move is to aid the said Charles Opoku to contest in the NPP Parliamentary primaries to select a candidate for the upcoming Assin North by-election.
“Our unimpeachable sources have revealed that contrary to the clear requirement on the nomination form for the Assin North by-election, which demands that a candidate in the election must be a registered voter in Assin North, the said Charles Opoku is not a registered voter in the Assin North Constituency.”