From Mohammed Fugu, WALEWALE
Some supporters of political parties opposing the new voters register on Wednesday morning picketed the West Mamprusi Municipality Electoral Commission (EC) office in the North East Region to demonstrate against the decision of the EC to compile a new register for the upcoming general elections.
A number of the supporters of parties including the National Democratic Congress (NDC), People National Convention (PNC), All People Congress (APC) and Progressive Peoples’ (PPP) stormed the office premises at about 9 am on Wednesday holding placards with inscriptions such as “treat Ghanaians fairly, Ghana is not for Jean Mensah and NPP, Jean Mensah is protecting Akufo Addo’s interest not Ghana, Jean Mensah is Akufo Addo’s minister of elections” among others.
Imposition of register on citizens
The North East Regional Communications Officer of NDC, Mr Imoro Abdul-Razak who led the protest raised concern about what he described as an attempt by the EC to impose on the citizenry a decision majority were against.
He accused the commission of “doing the bidding of the of the president”, stressing that they would do everything possible to ensure that their grievances were addressed.
He also outlined a number of developmental challenges facing the municipality including the uncompleted projects which were undertaken by the past government and called on the Vice President, Dr Mahammud Bawumia who is an indigene of the area to “fulfill all the numerous promises made to the constituents”.
Meanwhile, officials of the EC who were present declined to comment on the matter.
The protest by the supporters in the West Mamprusi Municipality comes after thousands of people poured onto the streets of Tamale, the Northern Regional Capital last Saturday demanding the EC rescind its decision to compile a new register.
The Electoral Commission (EC) last declared that it would go ahead to compile a new voters’ register despite the protest by some political parties and civil society organisations, saying the new register would be in the national interest.
The EC in its quest to compile a new voters’ register said it was committed to judiciously spending the GH¢443 million it was granted by Parliament to be spent on the process.
But, the opposition parties, particularly the NDC have stated they would do everything within their power, including legal means to resist the new voters’ register.