Hon. Mavis Hawa Koomson arrested by the police?

A piece of news gathered has it that the Awutu Senya East Constituency MP, Mavis Hawa Koomson has been arrested by police in the Central Region.

This follows a misunderstanding at a voters’ registration centre in Kasoa on Monday, which resulted in the Special Development Initiatives Minister firing a gun.

JoyNews reported that the Special Development Initiatives Minister said she only fired the gunshots when her life was threatened by some thugs alleged to be affiliated to the opposition NDC.

But despite this justification, the act has received massive condemnation from the public, with many calling for her resignation and subsequent prosecution.

JoyNews’ Central Regional correspondent Richard Kwadwo Nyarko who is at the Regional Police Headquarters reports that Hawa Koomson is currently being interrogated by CID investigators.

Meanwhile, some four suspects who were also arrested in connection with the disturbance have been granted bail.

A Cape Coast Circuit Court presided by Dorinda Smith Arthur granted them bail to the tune of ¢30,000 each with two sureties for which one must be a government worker whose net salary is ¢2000.

Electoral Commission reacts to Mahama’s decision to end tour of voters’ registration centres

The Electoral Commission (EC) has described as unfortunate, former president John Mahama’s decision to end his tour of some registration centres.

Mr Mahama on his official Facebook post, announced his decision to stop his visits to some voter registration centres in the country’s capital, Accra due to the disregard for Coronavirus safety protocols.

“I have cut short my unannounced visit to some voter registration centres in Accra and Tema this afternoon. This is because of the very low awareness of the #COVID19 protocols including physical distancing and the wearing of masks.

“We have to step up public education on Covid-19 so that people can appreciate the risk,” he wrote.

The flagbearer of the opposition National Democratic Congress started his tour in the Volta region where he spoke to chiefs and elders in the region after his rounds.

Reacting to this, the EC Commissioner, Mrs Mensa, noted that her outfit has put in place stringent measures to ensure that registrants observe the safety protocols and that despite the measures put in place, it was incumbent on registrants and all stakeholders to adhere to the protocols.

EC withdraws voters ID card of NDC’s parliamentary candidate for Cape Coast North

The Electoral Commission has withdrawn the voters identification card issued to the opposition National Democratic Congress’ parliamentary candidate for the Cape Coast North.

According to the Commission, Kwamena Mintah Nyarku allegedly provided false information when he applied for the card, hence, the withdrawal.

EC’s decision might prevent Mr Nyarku from contesting for the 2020 parliamentary seat of the Cape Coast North constituency since he may not have a voters card when the nominations and registration opens.

And by the electoral laws, one cannot contest for a year’s election if the individual is not a registered voter.

The decision to withdraw his card was communicated to him a short while ago.

Voter Registration: 4 Togolese arrested for allegedly attempting to register

Some four Togolese have been arrested for allegedly attempting to register in the ongoing voter registration exercise.

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They were nabbed at Tabor Todzi in the Akan constituency of the Oti Region by a joint Military and Immigration.

They are alleged to have illegally entered Ghana to register in the ongoing exercise.

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One of the suspects is alleged to be responsible for recruiting his compatriots to come to Ghana to register

NDC polling agent arrested for illegal possession of guarantors form

An NDC polling agent in the Sunyani West Constituency, Felix Boahen is in the grips of Sunyani Municipal Police for illegal possesesion of filled EC’s guarantors form.

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The NDC man was spotted when Mr. Kwame Baffoe aka Abronye, the Bono Regional NPP Chairman and his team visited the Dumasua polling station in the Sunyani West Constituency this afternoon. Chairman Abronye and his team upon noticing this illegality picked up Boahen and handed him over to the police.

It is not clear how and where the NDC agent managed to get hundreds of the said form fully filled and thumb printed at the said polling station.

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President Akufo-Addo tours voter registration centres in Accra

The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, on Thursday, 2nd July, 2020, paid unannounced visits to five voter registration centres in the Greater Accra Region.

The tour took him to the Kanda Cluster of Schools Registration Centre in Ayawaso East; Abossey Okai Presby Registration Centre in Ablekuma Central; Ebenezer Funeral Parlour (1&2) Registration Centres in Weija-Gbawe; Teshie Aboma Presby Church Registration Centre in Ledzokuku; and the Super Service Registration Centre in Klottey Korle.

Accompanied by the Director of Operations at the Presidency, Lord Commey, and the Director of Communications, Eugene Arhin, President Akufo-Addo interacted with the registration officials at each of the five centres, who walked him through the processes of registering an eligible voter.

The President was told that, upon entering a registration centre, all persons are required to wear a nose mask, after which their temperatures are taken by nurses stationed at each centre. Indeed, the Ghana Health Service has released some 7,000 community health nurses to the various registration centres.

Eligible persons are then required to wash their hands with soap under running water, before being allowed to join the queue.

At each of the centres, there was a strict adherence to social distancing, with eligible voters maintaining a one (1) metre, after which the voters go through the process to be registered.

President Akufo-Addo was told that the majority of persons who had turned up to be registered were in possession of the Ghana Card and passports. A small number of persons without any of these valid ID cards submitted one completed Identification Guarantee Form, endorsed by two registered voters, to be registered and issued with a voter ID card.

After the completion of the registration process and leaving the centres, the registration officials told the him that hand sanitizers had been provided for the mandatory sanitizing of hands by the eligible voters.

Visibly encouraged by the processes, the President urged the registration officials to continue to adhere to the safety protocols outlined to ensure the safety of all persons who visit the registration centres.

Interacting with some of the persons waiting in queue to be registered, the President urged them to continue to observe the COVID-19 safety protocols, whilst going through the process to be registered.

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It will be recalled that during his recent broadcast to the nation, ahead of the commencement of the registration exercise, President Akufo-Addo noted that if an eligible citizen’s name is not on the register, that citizen cannot exercise the right to vote, and cannot, therefore, participate in the determination of the choice of the government of the day.

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“It is, thus, vitally important that all eligible voters register, so, on the designated day of 7th December, they can vote to choose the President of the nation, and the Member of Parliament of their area. In effect, our vote, our thumb, is the expression of our individual sovereign power as a citizen, which we should cherish and guard at all times,” he said.

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“June 4 Revolution Likely to Happen Again, Tread Cautiously” – Sam P Yalley Warns EC

Former Chief Executive Officer of the National Pensions Regulatory Authority, Lawyer Sam P Yalley has warned that a revolution, similar to what occurred on June 4th, is likely to happen again if the Electoral Commission does not tread cautiously in its unbending decision to compile a new voters’ register.

According to him, the June 4 uprising came about as a result of Ghanaians becoming fed up with the oppression and corruption they were experiencing.

Speaking on Okay FM’s Ade Akye Abia programme, he bemoaned the EC’s refusal to listen to divergent opinions from Ghanaians and other stakeholders regarding the compilation of the register; and to him, this can be equated to suppression of the people’s will.

“We need cool heads to explain to Ghanaians…but when the narrative becomes like that is how we are going to do it whether you like it or not so go to hell, that is what brought about June 4…” he said.

Sam P. Yalley, who is Ghana’s former High Commissioner to India under the erstwhile Mahama administration, further indicated that the decision by the electoral body to bulldoze its way through with the compilation of voters’ register is a clear manifestation of the latter’s desire to disenfranchise Ghanaians.

“…but when you suppress people or when people get disenfranchised either because of misinformation or do not understand fully what is at stake there is something called citizen defiance…” he cautioned.

Nationwide pilot registration exercise

The Electoral Commission (EC) is conducting a pilot registration exercise nationwide ahead of the expected voter registration exercise later in June.

A mix of residents, EC officers, and political party officials took part in the exercise nationwide.

In some parts of the country, the EC officers said only stakeholders including returning officers and some party representatives have so far turned up for the exercise though it is opened to the public.

Per the EC’s safety protocols for the registration, it will be mandatory to wear face masks at the registration centres, people’s temperature will be checked before one is allowed into the registration centre and there will be running water available for handwashing, according to an artwork posted on the Commission’s social media pages.

Queues are to have one-meter gaps between persons lining up to register, the scanners will be sanitized and persons who complete the registration process will also be provided with hand sanitizer before they leave the centre.

“I only cautioned the Electoral Commission on the chaos that could come up should it decide to go ahead with the new voters’ registration exercise” – Bernard Mornah reacts after CID invitation

The Chairman of the Peoples National Convention (PNC), Mr Bernard Mornah has said he only cautioned the Electoral Commission (EC) on the chaos that could come up should it decide to go ahead with the new voters’ registration exercise.

The Criminal Investigations Department (CID) of the Ghana Police Service has invited Mr Mornah to assist with an investigation it is conducting into an allegation of threat against the EC, should it decide to go ahead with the compilation of a new voter’s register in late June 2020.

The police have sent an invitation letter to him asking that he should report at the CID headquarters on Tuesday, June 2, 2020, at 10 am.

“The CID Headquarters is investigating a case in which you [Mornah] were alleged to have threatened to resist any attempt by the Electoral Commission (EC) to compile a new voter’s register for the 2020 general election.”

“You were also heard in a video interview to have threatened “that people who are already Ghanaians and already registered are going to be taken out of the register, don’t you think confusion will come at the registration and if confusion come there, you think the EC staff will be safe, we will beat each other there, we will kill each other there if that is what the EC want to lead this nation to,” the invitation letter dated May 28, 2020 and signed by Barima Tweneboah Sasraku II, a Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCOP) for the Director General of CID said.

But in a radio interview on Accra based Citi FM on Thursday evening, Mr Mornah said his statement was a caution to the EC if it was “intending to flip us [Ghanaians] through this dangerous path, they should know that there would be confusion.”

“And so it is a caution. If cautions become threats, I will not run away from it. But you know, I don’t know who thought the CID English in school because my English teacher when he sees this statement will know that it is a caution and that he taught me English well, and that a caution cannot represent a threat. But if they see it as a threat, then I may have to bring my English teacher to tell them that caution is different from threat.”

Mr Mornah who reiterated that he made the statement at a press conference on May 26, 2020, organised by the Inter-Party Resistance Against New Register (IPRAN) insisted that “I have nothing to run away from. The Electoral Commission is messing our democracy and we must do everything to resist and we will resist it. There is nothing that will allow us to sit down and allow this Electoral Commission to slip our democracy away from the peace and stability that we have enjoyed.”

“And so when we are telling the Electoral Commission and alerting that, oh! your action can lead us on a very perilous path and you come and say that we are threatening, I don’t know, so I will visit the CID, I’ve told my lawyer that I will be going there and if my lawyer wants to come fine, but if my lawyer wants to water down the words, I will ask him to go because I am responsible enough to own my words.”

Mr Mornah insisted that his polling station is Sankana and that the number of people who have passports there are not up to 10.

“The polling station is Sankana, those of us who have Ghana Cards, I’m not sure we are up to 100. Meanwhile there are over 800 people in my polling station, I’m not talking about the entire Sankana, because we have four polling stations in Sankana. And so when we go there and then we don’t have the Ghana Card, not because we don’t want it but because you [NIA] did not give us the opportunity to obtain it.”

“Even those who have registered, they don’t have the card because you [NIA] could not print it for them and so when they have to receive the cards, you don’t just bring the cards and go and stand in Sankana market and start mentioning their names to come for it, you’ll have to carry your equipment there so that they can come and place their fingers again to authenticate that they are the owners of the cards that you are talking about.”

“That processes alone, it will take time. So we don’t have the cards that you are using as source document and you are saying that you are going to compile a new register on that and I’m alerting you that there will be confusion and you say that I’m threatening you, there would be confusion la!,” Mr Mornah said.

Below is a copy of the CID invitation letter

“I only cautioned the Electoral Commission on the chaos that could come up should it decide to go ahead with the new voters’ registration exercise” – Bernard Mornah reacts after CID invitation

The Chairman of the Peoples National Convention (PNC), Mr Bernard Mornah has said he only cautioned the Electoral Commission (EC) on the chaos that could come up should it decide to go ahead with the new voters’ registration exercise.

The Criminal Investigations Department (CID) of the Ghana Police Service has invited Mr Mornah to assist with an investigation it is conducting into an allegation of threat against the EC, should it decide to go ahead with the compilation of a new voter’s register in late June 2020.

The police have sent an invitation letter to him asking that he should report at the CID headquarters on Tuesday, June 2, 2020, at 10 am.

“The CID Headquarters is investigating a case in which you [Mornah] were alleged to have threatened to resist any attempt by the Electoral Commission (EC) to compile a new voter’s register for the 2020 general election.”

“You were also heard in a video interview to have threatened “that people who are already Ghanaians and already registered are going to be taken out of the register, don’t you think confusion will come at the registration and if confusion come there, you think the EC staff will be safe, we will beat each other there, we will kill each other there if that is what the EC want to lead this nation to,” the invitation letter dated May 28, 2020 and signed by Barima Tweneboah Sasraku II, a Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCOP) for the Director General of CID said.

But in a radio interview on Accra based Citi FM on Thursday evening, Mr Mornah said his statement was a caution to the EC if it was “intending to flip us [Ghanaians] through this dangerous path, they should know that there would be confusion.”

“And so it is a caution. If cautions become threats, I will not run away from it. But you know, I don’t know who thought the CID English in school because my English teacher when he sees this statement will know that it is a caution and that he taught me English well, and that a caution cannot represent a threat. But if they see it as a threat, then I may have to bring my English teacher to tell them that caution is different from threat.”

Mr Mornah who reiterated that he made the statement at a press conference on May 26, 2020, organised by the Inter-Party Resistance Against New Register (IPRAN) insisted that “I have nothing to run away from. The Electoral Commission is messing our democracy and we must do everything to resist and we will resist it. There is nothing that will allow us to sit down and allow this Electoral Commission to slip our democracy away from the peace and stability that we have enjoyed.”

“And so when we are telling the Electoral Commission and alerting that, oh! your action can lead us on a very perilous path and you come and say that we are threatening, I don’t know, so I will visit the CID, I’ve told my lawyer that I will be going there and if my lawyer wants to come fine, but if my lawyer wants to water down the words, I will ask him to go because I am responsible enough to own my words.”

Mr Mornah insisted that his polling station is Sankana and that the number of people who have passports there are not up to 10.

“The polling station is Sankana, those of us who have Ghana Cards, I’m not sure we are up to 100. Meanwhile there are over 800 people in my polling station, I’m not talking about the entire Sankana, because we have four polling stations in Sankana. And so when we go there and then we don’t have the Ghana Card, not because we don’t want it but because you [NIA] did not give us the opportunity to obtain it.”

“Even those who have registered, they don’t have the card because you [NIA] could not print it for them and so when they have to receive the cards, you don’t just bring the cards and go and stand in Sankana market and start mentioning their names to come for it, you’ll have to carry your equipment there so that they can come and place their fingers again to authenticate that they are the owners of the cards that you are talking about.”

“That processes alone, it will take time. So we don’t have the cards that you are using as source document and you are saying that you are going to compile a new register on that and I’m alerting you that there will be confusion and you say that I’m threatening you, there would be confusion la!,” Mr Mornah said.

Below is a copy of the CID invitation letter

“I only cautioned the Electoral Commission on the chaos that could come up should it decide to go ahead with the new voters’ registration exercise” – Bernard Mornah reacts after CID invitation

The Chairman of the Peoples National Convention (PNC), Mr Bernard Mornah has said he only cautioned the Electoral Commission (EC) on the chaos that could come up should it decide to go ahead with the new voters’ registration exercise.

The Criminal Investigations Department (CID) of the Ghana Police Service has invited Mr Mornah to assist with an investigation it is conducting into an allegation of threat against the EC, should it decide to go ahead with the compilation of a new voter’s register in late June 2020.

The police have sent an invitation letter to him asking that he should report at the CID headquarters on Tuesday, June 2, 2020, at 10 am.

“The CID Headquarters is investigating a case in which you [Mornah] were alleged to have threatened to resist any attempt by the Electoral Commission (EC) to compile a new voter’s register for the 2020 general election.”

“You were also heard in a video interview to have threatened “that people who are already Ghanaians and already registered are going to be taken out of the register, don’t you think confusion will come at the registration and if confusion come there, you think the EC staff will be safe, we will beat each other there, we will kill each other there if that is what the EC want to lead this nation to,” the invitation letter dated May 28, 2020 and signed by Barima Tweneboah Sasraku II, a Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCOP) for the Director General of CID said.

But in a radio interview on Accra based Citi FM on Thursday evening, Mr Mornah said his statement was a caution to the EC if it was “intending to flip us [Ghanaians] through this dangerous path, they should know that there would be confusion.”

“And so it is a caution. If cautions become threats, I will not run away from it. But you know, I don’t know who thought the CID English in school because my English teacher when he sees this statement will know that it is a caution and that he taught me English well, and that a caution cannot represent a threat. But if they see it as a threat, then I may have to bring my English teacher to tell them that caution is different from threat.”

Mr Mornah who reiterated that he made the statement at a press conference on May 26, 2020, organised by the Inter-Party Resistance Against New Register (IPRAN) insisted that “I have nothing to run away from. The Electoral Commission is messing our democracy and we must do everything to resist and we will resist it. There is nothing that will allow us to sit down and allow this Electoral Commission to slip our democracy away from the peace and stability that we have enjoyed.”

“And so when we are telling the Electoral Commission and alerting that, oh! your action can lead us on a very perilous path and you come and say that we are threatening, I don’t know, so I will visit the CID, I’ve told my lawyer that I will be going there and if my lawyer wants to come fine, but if my lawyer wants to water down the words, I will ask him to go because I am responsible enough to own my words.”

Mr Mornah insisted that his polling station is Sankana and that the number of people who have passports there are not up to 10.

“The polling station is Sankana, those of us who have Ghana Cards, I’m not sure we are up to 100. Meanwhile there are over 800 people in my polling station, I’m not talking about the entire Sankana, because we have four polling stations in Sankana. And so when we go there and then we don’t have the Ghana Card, not because we don’t want it but because you [NIA] did not give us the opportunity to obtain it.”

“Even those who have registered, they don’t have the card because you [NIA] could not print it for them and so when they have to receive the cards, you don’t just bring the cards and go and stand in Sankana market and start mentioning their names to come for it, you’ll have to carry your equipment there so that they can come and place their fingers again to authenticate that they are the owners of the cards that you are talking about.”

“That processes alone, it will take time. So we don’t have the cards that you are using as source document and you are saying that you are going to compile a new register on that and I’m alerting you that there will be confusion and you say that I’m threatening you, there would be confusion la!,” Mr Mornah said.

Below is a copy of the CID invitation letter

Minority files motion seeking Parliamentary rejection of C.I which allows EC to register new voters

Bawku Central MP Mahama Ayariga has on behalf of the Minority filed a motion in Parliament seeking that the House rejects the Constitutional Instrument that will allow the EC to register new voters based on a new set of rules.

The new C.I. if passed by parliament will remove the voter’s ID card as a registration document for a new voter ID card but allow for the use of the Ghana Card.

The C.I. needs 21 continuous sitting days to mature and today is day 10. The notice of motion filed by Mr. Ayariga is asking the house to reject the Public Elections (Registration of Voters) (Amendment) Regulations 2020 C.I. 126, even before the Subsidiary Legislation Committee submits a report on the C.I. to the floor.

The notice of motion was submitted to the speaker’s office on 19th May. Now, the speaker is expected to fix a date on which Mr. Ayariga will be given the opportunity to move the motion on the floor and back his request with reasons.

After that, MPs will debate the motion after which it will be voted on. If majority of MPs vote in favour of the motion, Mr. Ayariga’s request for a rejection will stand.

If the majority of MPs vote against it, the request fails. It’s unclear when the speaker will give Mr Ayariga the opportunity to file the motion on the floor.

Majority, Minority agree 2020 elections must be held

Both the Majority and Minority in Parliament agree that this year’s elections must be held in spite of COVID-19.

According to the Majority, the Constitution was ambivalent about what should happen in the absence of a general election and, therefore, called for measures to provide space for the holding of the 2020 elections.

The Majority Leader, Mr Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu, was responding to calls by the Minority for the Electoral Commission (EC) to appear before Parliament with a roadmap on how it intends to conduct this year’s presidential and parliamentary elections.

He said he agreed that this year’s election must be held.

Mr Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu said the Constitution was not clear about what should happen should there be no general election.

“I believe that when we meet, the EC whether at the level of Special Budget Committee and perhaps in the Committee of the Whole we could do that,” he said.

Minority

Making the case of the Minority at the commencement of the first sitting of the second meeting of Parliament, yesterday, the Minority Leader, Mr Haruna Iddrisu said whether COVID-19 or no COVID-19 pandemic, the EC was expected to carry out the general elections.

“This country, COVID-19 or no COVID-19, we are a democracy and our democracy will evolve and they will be expected to conduct presidential and parliamentary elections and we need to know what their roadmap is,” it said.

“We will not accept any excuse for their inability to live up to their calling under Article 45,” he said.

Background

In his closing remarks at the first meeting of the fourth session of Parliament on May 1, this year, Mr Iddrisu said,
“The independent EC, created under Article 45 of the Constitution, owes members of this House and Ghanaians a duty, hence they must be summoned to appear before the House to give their roadmap as to their preparedness in view of COVID-19.”

Voter register

The EC suspended its plans to compile a new voters’ register which was scheduled to begin on April 18, due to COVID-19.

The EC had said it was collaborating with health experts to decide on a more favourable date depending on the prevalence rate of the novel coronavirus.

Accountability

Continuing with his submission on other matters, Mr Iddrisu noted that under the direction of the Speaker and the leadership of the House, Parliament had responded to the national call in supporting the Executive to contain the spread of COVID-19.

He said the Executive would need the strong support of the House to contain the pandemic.

Mr Iddrisu, however, noted that there could not be a trade-off between the health of Ghanaians and the economic recovery in the bid to stop the spread of infections.

All eligible voters must be on register – Peace Council

The Executive Secretary of the National Peace Council (NPC), Mr George Amoh, has urged the Electoral Commission (EC) to ensure that nearly all eligible Ghanaians register for the elections.

With barely six months to the elections, Mr Amoh said building consensus and finding an amicable solution to any differences regarding the voter registration exercise was crucial

Voter register

Speaking in an interview with the Daily Graphic, Mr Amoh said no Ghanaian should be disenfranchised in the forthcoming elections.

“It is important that we ensure that every Ghanaian is given the opportunity to register and participate in the 2020 elections. Nobody should be disenfranchised due to someone’s error or inaction,” he said.

In the event that the National Identification Card and passport were to be used as the only form of identification, Mr Amoh said it was imperative that the National Identification Authority (NIA) ensured that eligible Ghanaians had access to the cards before the voter registration exercise.

He said he was aware that some Ghanaians had registered for the Ghana Card but were yet to take possession of them.

Consensus

Mr Amoh appealed to the EC and other political parties to revive the Inter-Party Advisory Committee (IPAC) to help build consensus on the country’s electoral issues.

He said the IPAC had been and would continue to be a source of consensus building among all the political actors, including the EC.

He also advised the EC to open up to all its partners although it (EC) had the final say in the ultimate decision process.

Political actors

Mr Amoh, however, appealed to political actors to respect the mandate of the EC in the country’s electoral management process.

He mentioned that although political parties and other bodies might not agree with the work of the EC, it was important that the constitutional body was given the needed respect.

“You may not agree with its work, but let us respect it as the body mandated by the Constitution to manage our electoral system,” he stated.

Mr Amoh said inasmuch as the Constitution had empowered the Executive, the Legislature, Judiciary and other bodies with certain functions or roles, Ghanaians must learn to accept these roles even if they disagreed with some of the work or decisions of such bodies.

He reiterated the need for all the stakeholders to respect and support the EC to deliver on its mandate for a successful 2020 elections.

Just In: Electoral Commission Responds to NDC’s Press Conference

The Electoral Commission of Ghana has issued a response to the claims by the Opposition NDC in their press conference yesterday, chaired by the party’s chairman, Mr Samuel Ofosu Ampofo, alluding that the commission is conspiring with the ruling NPP and the National Identification Authority, to rig the upcoming 2020 elections.

Below is the statement, signed by the Acting Director, Public Affair at the Electoral Commission, Mrs Sylvia Annor

“Government has not supplied us any PPE” – EC responds Minority Leader

The Electoral Commission (EC) has refuted suggestions by the the Minority Leader, Haruna Iddrisu that government has supplied the commission with personal protective equipment (PPE) in order for it to proceed with a compilation of a new voters register.

Haruna Iddrisu recently chastised the government for allegedly providing the PPE for staff of the EC instead of equipping frontline health and security workers to better aid them in the fight against the coronavirus disease.

In a statement issued by the EC on Monday, May 11 however, the commission says no such provision has been made by government and that the claim by the Minority Leader is untrue.

The statement signed by the Acting Director of Public Affairs, Mrs Silvia Annoh consequently urged the public to disregard the earlier information put out by the Minority in Parliament.

The statement however said even though plans are far advanced for the compilation of a new voters register, the commission is sensitive to the current state of affairs due to the Covid-19 and would abide by the necessary precautions and safety protocols in the execution of its mandate.

Read statement below;

L£AKED: Ofosu Ampofo Charges NDC youth to shed blood over new register

LEAKED EXCERPTS FROM A MEETING HELD BETWEEN THE NDC NATIONAL YOUTH WING AND CHAIRMAN OFOSU AMPOFO ON THE 7th OF MAY 2020

CHAIRMAN OFOSU AMPOFO AT IT AGAIN!

At a secret meeting held between the all NDC regional youth organizers and the national chairman Samuel Ofosu Ampofo, the following issues were discussed;

1. VOTERS REGISTER AND MATTERS ARISING
On the above matter, the National chairman of the NDC urged all the youth organizers to resist any attempt by the Electoral commission to compile a new voter register. He further incited them to be prepared for blood shed and series of vandalism in the quest to scare away the Electoral commission from organizing the new register.
He added that, if the NDC fails to resist the compilation of a new voter registration it simply means NDC should forget about election 2020.

Ofosu Ampofu concluded by saying the party is not a against a limited registration exercise but is totally against a new voter register because that will deny their Togolese and Burkinabe colleagues who registered in 2016 the opportunity to vote.

2. COVID 19 AND MATTERS ARISING
Mr Ofosu Ampofo disclosed that, the NPP is taking advantage of the fight against Covid 19 and is vigorously campaigning ahead of elections 2020. He noted that, the Npp through its regional and constituency branches have donated PPE’s to market women and vulnerable people nationwide and that the NDC must wake up and rise to task

In view Of the above he posited that, His Excellency the former president has purchased a good number of PPE’s which should be distributed nationwide through their branches. He added that, this distribution will be spearheaded by the regional youth organizers.

Yesterday, the Volta regional youth wing of the party started its distribution in all the 18 constituencies in the region.

3. NPP CAMPAIGN TEAM AND MATTERS ARISING
Ofosu Ampofo stated that, the campaign team members of the NPP are fully experienced in election matters and that the NDC must be very careful

He posited that, Mac Manu has an in-depth knowledge about elections especially voter register analysis and encouraged that, the NDC must not stop the fight against the voter register.

4. RECENT ATTACKS ON JOHN MAHAMA IN THE MEDIA
Mr Ofosu Ampofo disclosed that, the recent attacks on the integrity of the former president by some NPP communicators most especially Abronye is very much disturbing and worrying

He added that, Abronye has started his nasty things he did in 2016 and that, the party youth wing must find ways and means to stop him and several other immediately.

On this point, the NDC regional youth organizer Efo Warlanyo took the challenge and pledged to stop Abronye DC in the coming days

Another meeting will be held soon. Anticipate for more updates