Compilation of New Register was never discussed at IPAC-Mahdi

A former deputy national organizer of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), Mahdi Gibril, has said the decision by the Electoral Commission, to compile a new register was not part of the items outlined in its letter to the political parties.

He told Kwabena Agyapong on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm the decision by the EC to compile a new register  is a unilateral one and can not represent the views of the political parties.

He indicated that the law allows for updating of a register to give opportunity a limited people who may have not registered at the last registration period due to certain circumstances, to register.

The Electoral Commission Thursday announced that it will compile a new voters’ register for the 2020 Presidential and Parliamentary Elections in Ghana.

After the IPAC meeting, EC boss Jean Mensah, stated that a limited registration of new voters prior to District Level Elections and a Referendum in May 2019, will also take place in all district offices of the Commission across the country.

According to a statement by the EC, this consensus was reached following an inter-party advisory committee meeting held Wednesday, March 27

But, Mahdi Gibril says the statement by the EC should not be taken serious.

The compilation of a new register ahead of the 2020 general election was not discussed at the meeting, he insisted.

“At the meeting, the agenda included among other things a 2019 District Level Elections and referendum, inspections of offices of political parties and compliance with audit requirements, these three items were discussed at the meeting. We did not discuss the compilation of a new register.”

He also shot down claims that the old register used for the 2016 is bloated.

He warned the EC against any attempts to use financial constraints as an excuse to prevent verification on election day would be resists by the NDC.

Reacting to the comments by the NDC former officer, a communicator for the NPP, Nana Kojo Agyei Yeboah popularly known as Nana K said the NDC is always exhibiting hypocrisy when the table turns.

He admitted the issue was not part of the agenda but the EC chair in her statement was only communicating the issues discussed at the IPAC meeting.

Nana L said a new register dos not win any party an election hence the NDC should not be worried over the matter.

For him, if a new will lead to a clean, transparent and credible election in 2020, we have to accept and go for it.

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