NPP declares ‘battle’ for new voters’ register ‘not over’

The New Patriotic Party (NPP) says though progress has been made over its call for a new voters’ register, “the battle is not over”.

It says it has a Plan B if the Electoral Commission (EC) fails to kowtow to its demand for a new voters’ register but is not ready to disclose that to the public.

These were disclosed at a press conference addressed by Former Chairman Peter McManu on Thursday, January 14.

Mr McManu outlined the party’s official position on the response given it by the EC on the voters’ register.

“The NPP hereby serves notice that it remains totally dissatisfied with the response from the EC and reiterates its conviction that only a new credible voters’ register will guarantee a free, fair, transparent and open elections.”

Mr McManu accused the Chairperson of the EC, Charlotte Osei, of playing into the propaganda of the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) over the issue.

“The call for a new register is not a party political matter but it is an issue in the supreme interest of Ghana and of all Ghanaians,” he emphasised.

NPP’s call for a new register for the 2016 elections followed an investigation, according to the party, that revealed at least 76, 000 Togolese in the Ghanaian register.

But the EC has rejected this claim, saying Ghana’s law permit those persons with dual citizenship to register. It also accused the NPP of presenting an incomplete investigation.

The former NPP National Chairman insisted that the 10 per cent investigation stalled because the findings were “enough to justify the need for a new register”.

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He insisted, however, that “with or without a new register”, Ghanaians cannot wait “to get rid of [President John Mahama] with their votes”.

By Emmanuel Kwame Amoh||Ghana

Twitter: @kwame_amoh