The New Patriotic Party (NPP) has called on former President John Dramani Mahama to go a step further after conceding that the voters registration was successful and apologise to Ghanaians and the Electoral Commission.
Addressing the media on Monday, August 10, 2020, on the NPP’s position on the just ended registration exercise, General Secretary for the party (NPP), John Boadu, said John Mahama and the NDC were disingenuous in their attacks against the process to compile a new electoral roll.
“We in the NPP expect him to go further to apologise to this nation for the dangerous ethnic sentiments he raised, jeopardising the security of the state with unwarranted attacks,” John Boadu told the media at the press briefing at the Swiss Spirit Hotel in Accra.
Despite initially mounting a strong resistance to the process to compile new voters register for the upcoming December polls, the flagbearer of the opposition NDC, John Dramani Mahama, admitted that the exercise was successful.
“I think the exercise met our expectations… [Over 16 million registrants] is within the range that one would have expected,” the National Democratic Congress presidential candidate said Sunday, August 9, 2020, in an interview.
The Facebook Live interview in Kete Krachi in the Krachi West District of the Oti Region was part of activities on his tour of the region on Sunday.
Explaining why he joined the NDC to put up a resistance against the Electoral Commission’s decision to compile a new electoral roll for the December elections, he said usually before a new register is compiled, it is preceded by a national population census which gives an accurate date of the target population.
John Mahama also said that despite the high turnout during the exercise, the new register has largely succeeded in taking out the names of dead people that existed in the old register.
However, addressing the issue at the press briefing the NPP General Secretary said the exercise achieved more than that, noting that the new register has cut down on the presence of ineligible voters by at least three million.
According to what John Boadu said, had the EC not compiled a new register, the names in Ghana’s electoral roll would have been over 20 million.