The opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) has vowed to resist any attempt by president Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to entrench himself in power through administrative measures, violence, intimidation, voter suppression and electoral malpractices.
‘’The NDC on its part will be actively engaged in policing all the steps leading up to the next general elections and will not countenance any opaque and lopsided arrangements that seek to give advantage to the incumbent party’’ the party said at a press conferences held Thursday, January 3, 2018 and addressed by Deputy General Secretary, Peter Boamah Otukunor.
According to the NDC, the recent referenda that was held to pave way for the creation of the 6 new regions was fraught with several malpractices with the tacit connivance of the current leadership of the Electoral commission under Jean Mensa.
‘’To Jean Mensah and the leadership of Ghana’s Electoral Commission, they must appreciate that their office is an independent one and not an extension of the Akufo-Addo led government. That fact that, the President wants a certain outcome to dovetail into his political agenda is no reason why basic rules governing elections must be cast aside’’ the NDC said.
The party has indicated its resolve to carefully and meticulously scrutinize every activity of the electoral commission and other state agencies whose activities will impact the 2020 general elections in a bid to ensure that the will of the Ghanaian people is not subverted but allowed to reign supreme.
‘’We wish, on account of the incompetence displayed the EC, evidence of electoral infractions perpetuated in the referenda, the direct involvement of electoral officials in the massive electoral fraud, to indicate that we will follow closely the performance of the new leadership of the commission in subsequent elections including the District Assembly Elections. A repeat of this shambolic display will leave us no choice than to demand for the resignation of Jean Mensah and her team’’ the party added.