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NDC to boycott Wednesday’s IPAC meeting

The National Democratic Congress (NDC) has informed the electoral Commission it will be boycotting the crucial Inter-Party Advisory Committee (IPAC) meeting scheduled for Wednesday, May 27, 2020.

The Electoral Commission is expected to brief the political parties on its preparation towards the voters’ registration exercise.

In adherence to strict social distancing protocols, the political parties will be divided into two groups for the meeting.

But the biggest opposition party, NDC, says the meeting has been improperly and illegitimately called hence its decision not to attend.

Peter Boamah Otokunor, the Deputy General Secretary of the NDC called on the Electoral Commission to put proper mechanisms in place and organise a legitimate IPAC meeting which can be accepted by all the stakeholders involved.

“The last IPAC meeting which was held on 25th March 2020, we raised various concerns which led to political parties boycotting and we (NDC) walked out. That meeting does not constitute a proper IPAC meeting because they had divided one committee into groups– you may want to call it double tracking– to decide on the same issue. And we think that with any such approach, you are not going to properly appreciate and understand the issue and contributions from various political parties and we believe that, decision making will be problematic. So we decide not to participate in that meeting because we raised a question earlier and we are waiting for a response which did not come so we decided to boycott the meeting because it was not going to serve the purpose for which it was called.”

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