Ghana’s leading opposition party New Patriotic Party (NPP) has faulted the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) for still campaigning 24 hours before Friday’s polls, against the regulations of both the Electoral Commission (EC) and the National Media Commission (NMC).
In a statement signed by Yaw Buaben Asamoa, a Deputy Director of Communications of the party, the NPP also accuses national broadcaster Ghana Television (GTV) for showing President John Dramani Mahama, who is also NDC’s Presidential Candidate, campaigning. NPP claims it is a “blatant breach of [NMC’s] guidelines.”
“GTV, the national broadcaster with a duty to set examples of high ethics and avoid discrimination among parties, has been playing footage of H.E the President visiting constituencies and campaigning,” the statement read.
“Whilst the President’s party, the NDC ought to have known better, GTV to a large extent has been less than fair to other political parties,” it added.
According to the NPP, GTV has failed in observing “its constitutional duty and judicial pronouncements to be fair to all competing parties.”
“As a publicly funded institution, the NPP is very disappointed at GTV’s attitude. The NPP, by this release, is formerly drawing the attention of the NMC to the blatant breach of its guidelines and requests that the appropriate action.”
The party also accused Minister of Local Government and Rural Development Samuel Ofosu Ampofo and Cecilia Johnson for still campaigning few hours to elections.