NPP, NDC have confirmed receipt of the new voters’ register from EC
The two main political parties, the New Patriotic Party (NPP) and the National Democratic Congress (NDC), have confirmed receipt of the new voters’ register from the Electoral Commission (EC) for the forthcoming elections.
They have affirmed receiving the register, which the EC released about two weeks ago.
Speaking with the Spot On News in an interview on Friday in Accra, the Greater Accra Regional Chairpersons of both parties stated that they had been analysing the register.
According to the Greater Accra Regional Chairman of the NPP, Divine Otoo Agorhom, the party had verified the register and were participating in the distribution of the electoral materials.
He expressed optimism that the message being delivered to the electorates and the developmental projects executed by the NPP, would secure victory come December 7.
“Considering what government has done so far and the reception our campaign message has received gives us confidence that we’re faring well on the grounds,” Mr Agorhom added.
Acknowledging the role of the media in organising a peaceful, free, fair, and transparent elections, he admonished the journalists to be circumspect in their reportage at all times.
“They must ensure due diligence so that whatever they publish is credible,” Mr Agorhom said.
Similarly, the Greater Accra Regional Chairman of the NDC, Mr Joseph Kobina Ade Coker, confirmed that the party had received the voters’ register for the polls.
He, however, raised concerns that the EC sometimes contacted political parties late before taking certain decisions and urged them to desist from the act.
Mrs Jean Mensa, the EC Chair said a soft copy of the register was made available to the parties on November 6, 2020 on the hard drives they submitted to the Commission.
Speaking on the floor of Parliament last weekend where she had been invited to brief the House on the updates of the electoral process in December, Mrs Mensa indicated that the register embodied unique individuals only, adding that to date the register had a total of 17,029,971 voters.
“We are confident in the credibility and integrity of the 2020 Voters Register and are pleased with the collaboration and cooperation of the citizenry at all levels particularly at the district level, as well as the magistrates, to ensure that only eligible Ghanaians participated in the process,” she noted.
The printing of ballots, the EC boss said was currently underway in seven printing houses in Accra, namely, Buck Press Limited, Assembly Press (Ghana Publishing Company) Fonstat Limited, Innolink, Yasarko Limited, Checkpoint Limited and Acts Commercial Limited.
According to her, majority are printing houses which the Commission has used since the year 1992, stressing that that agents of the political parties and the security agencies were monitoring the processes in all the printing houses.