The National Democratic Congress (NDC) has urged stakeholders in the democratic space in the country to speak up against what it considers to be unfairness in the electoral processes being perpetuated by the Jean Mensah led Electoral Commission (EC) so far.
According to the largest political party in opposition, the EC has not been transparent with its activities concerning the compilation of the voters register as well as its exhibition in the recent exercise which was conducted around the country.
The party is therefore concerned that the outcome of the upcoming national referendum in December this year may be compromised as a result of the flawed processes for the compilation of the voters register which will be used for the exercise.
The Deputy Youth Organizer of the NDC, Eric Edem Agbana made the call at a national conversation on the upcoming national referendum meant to seek public approval to amend Article 55(3) of the constitution to pave way for the election of MMDCEs.
“Yes we are for a referendum to have a multiparty election. But if we are all interested in the outcome of the referendum, and we are all asking for our members to go for a yes vote, we should also be interested in the processes leading to the referendum.
“The Electoral Commission and its activities cannot be excluded from this process. Not too long ago, we had one referendum which decided the creation of new regions. We believe as a party and we still strongly hold the view that the processes were compromised, the elections were compromised.” He said.
The programme which was organized by the Institute of Democratic Governance (IDEG) and the Civic Forum Initiative (CFI) in collaboration with the Ghana Journalist Association (GJA) and with support from STAR Ghana foundation and the Embassy of Denmark in Ghana, sought to whip up support for the referendum which is crucial for the election of MMDCEs.
Article 55(3) prohibits political parties from participating in both local elections and local government and therefore the need to amend the entrenched provision in the constitution to pave way for the inclusion of political parties in district level elections.
The campaign is therefore to sensitize the public about the need for a “YES” vote at the referendum. In order to ensure the amendment of Article 55(3) as envisaged, a 40% voter turnout and a 75% “YES” vote is required.
Source: Clement Akoloh||africanewsradio.com