The demonstration, organised by pressure group Movement for joint Action with support from Let My Vote Count Alliance in Koforidua started with about 20 protesters and ended with a little over 60 people. Notwithstanding, the organisers said they were unfazed by the low turnout.
The two groups and others have in the past months been protesting against what they claim to be infiltration of foreigners in the country’s voters’ register. They are thus demanding a total overhaul of the register, the main document use for the conduct of elections in Ghana.
But the NDC in a statement issued Thursday morning claimed the demonstration ” is a testament of the people’s revulsion towards the demand of a new voter’s register by the New Patriotic Party”.
“The demonstration, which saw about thirty (30) participants is the least attended demonstration ever organized in the history of Ghana,” it said, adding
“out of shame and disappointment, the demonstrators could not converge at the Jackson park as planned”.
According to the statement signed by Regional Communication Officer of the party, Jamal Konneh, said the low turnout is a clear sign that the people in the region are “fed up with the illogical demands of the NPP”.
It asked the NPP to stop making what it termed as unnecessary noise and rather concentrate on letting Ghanaians know what it did during its eight year term to convince Ghanaians for another term.
The NDC claims the ranting by the NPP with regards to the voters’ register is a strategy being used to prepare the minds of Ghanaians towards their defeat in the 2016 elections, but said the NDC would not allow the NPP to throw dust into the eyes of people.
“The poorly attended demonstration, coming after the President’s successful visit to the region, which witnessed thousands of people thronging to the Jackson Park to welcome him, indicates that the people appreciates the government’s effort in bringing massive development to the area,” it said.