Election 2020

Mahama orders NDC executives to halt campaigning

Flagbearer of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), John Mahama has ordered executives of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) to pause their campaigns and invest their energy into monitoring the ongoing voter exhibition exercise.

The NDC has raised several concerns about the ongoing electoral processes and the former President has charged his executives to put campaigns on hold effective today, Friday, September 25.

According to him, the vigorous campaign will serve no purpose if the primary document on which the elections are going to be conducted is flawed, hence the need to pay attention to this important exercise.

“I wish to in consultation with the Functional Executive Committee ask all our constituency executives, regional executives and branch executives to halt any campaign activity for the next three days and just focus on this exhibition exercise. Submit your report on Monday,” he said at a press conference.

“What is the use of a voters register that could distort the results of the elections.”

NDC on EC

Mr. Mahama has expressed dissatisfaction over how the EC leadership is handling concerns being raised by political parties in the lead up to the general polls in December.

“Your incompetence is legendary. There is so much chaos and disorder and it has a potential to create chaos in this country. We are not confident in the process that is going on. There is too much anarchy and disorder,” the former president said before suspending his campaign in the Bono Region.

However, in a sharp response, the electoral management body said the NDC’s allegations are “false.”

“We assure the General Public that these allegations are unfounded. For the information of the Public, the Exhibition of the Provisional Voters Register has been provided for in the Law (CI 91). The Law, recognising that a registration process is not full proof, has provided a mechanism called “Exhibition” to allow citizens to verify their details to ensure that they are captured in the register or that their details such as sex, age, name etc. are accurate. The Exhibition also affords Voters the opportunity to correct any errors detected. Additionally, the Law provides for “inclusion” to allow persons who registered but whose names are not on the register, to file to be included in the register. This process is not new and has always formed part of our processes,” the commission said in a statement.

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