The opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) expected to launch its manifesto for the December 7, 2020 general election today.
The event, according to the party’s official communication, will be held virtually, in accordance with the appropriate COVID-19 regulations and streamed live on various media outlets throughout the country.
The NDC postponed the launch from an earlier date of 31st August with explanation that it will enable the National Executive Committee and the Council of Elders to approve the policy principles and strategies promised in the manifesto.
However, the postponement sparked the usual war of words between members of the two main political parties who attempted to provide their own meaning on the decision.
Director of Communications of the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP), Yaw Buaben Asamoa, stated that the NDC wanted to plagiarise the governing party’s manifesto for the 2020 general election.
According to him, the decision by the NDC to postpone its manifesto launch from August to September was to enable the opposition party to copy policies from the NPP manifesto.
In a response, former Minister for Roads and Highways, Inusah Fuseini, also claimed that the NDC refused to launch its manifesto because the NPP ‘stole’ the opposition party’s manifesto.
According to him, the manifesto was ready in July but the party did not launch it because the governing NPP had copied it.
It will therefore be interesting to see the content of the NDC manifesto if it is finally launched today.