The New Patriotic Party (NPP) has challenged the National Democratic Congress (NDC) to face the reality that they have an albatross around their necks in their chosen flagbearer, John Dramani Mahama.
The opposition, the NPP said, should therefore not prepare excuses ahead of the 2020 election to justify the evitable loss in December just to raise hell.
According to the party, Ghanaians must find out why the NDC is determined to derail the compilation of a new voters’ register that promises enhanced security features.
“What is it about the 2012 register that the NDC holds sacred? What is it about the 2012 register that the NDC claims if it is replaced, they will never win an election?
“In what way do they tie their electoral fortunes to the maintenance of a discredited register? They ought to tell us,” the NPP quizzed.
NPP”s National Campaign Chairman, Peter Mac Manu, said these on Thursday 15th May 2020 in response to accusations by the NDC that the Electoral Commission (EC) and National Identification Authority (NIA) are plotting to rig the 2020 elections in favour of President Nana Akufo-Addo.
The NPP, he said, cannot be part of any conspiracy to rig the December elections but stressed the NDC’s fake conspiracy will not be credited because they are afraid of losing a free and fair contest.
He questioned why the NDC is placing its electoral fortunes on a controversial register that was compiled under their term in office.
Mr. Mac Manu argued that since the establishment of the 4th Republic, new registers have been compiled at various stages towards perfecting Ghana’s democracy: 1992, 1996, 2004, and 2016.
“So basically, we have had new registers compiled every eight years since 1996. And for each of those exercises the idea has been to introduce features that are better than the previous one with the view to secure the sanctity of the register,” he said.
The chairman stressed that the NPP is not afraid to face the electorate but pointed out there are over one million potential voters who have attained the age of 18 since last year.
These, he said, have a right to be registered and the EC should register them because it has a mandate to conduct elections in December, even in the midst of the Coronavirus pandemic.
According to him, the NPP does not need an election to be rigged in its favour especially for a government that has put over 1.3 million children into school, restored industry, and is creating jobs for the people and put 100,000 unemployed graduates to work among many others.
The President, he stated, has continued to show leadership and commitment to the welfare of ordinary Ghanaians adding, “Which gives us confidence that the Ghanaian people will recognize his leadership and performance and allow the NPP, which knows how to deliver to continue,” he added.
He stressed that the NPP intends to fight and win in December based on its performance.