The NPP must stop disturbing the Electoral Commission and its Chairperson and go back to work, a Political Scientist at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Dr Samuel Adu Gyamfi has advised.
According to him, it is totally unnecessary for the party to persist in attacking the integrity of the EC and its Boss, but must rather focus its attention and energies on improving its electoral fortunes as the NPP is likely to win this year’s elections, however, without a Parliamentary majority.
The largest opposition Party has in the past several months led the campaign for a new voters register after it claimed that the party’s investigations had established over 76,000 Togolese registered on the electoral roll, making it not credible.
Their persistent calls and claims led to the Electoral Commission establishing a panel of eminent persons to assess the NPP’s claims.
But the five-member panel set up by the EC to assess the demand for new voters’ register said the NPP’s evidence was not reliable data. The EC in conclusion said the NPP’s claims were unconvincing hence it cannot proceed to create a new register, but would rather ensure an audit to present a credible electoral roll for the polls.
However, the NPP at a news conference on Thursday to respond to the EC’s position defended the evidence it [provided to the EC], and said the EC’s response was rather unfortunate.
The Dankwa-Busia-Dombo tradition accused the EC of bowing to the propaganda of the NDC government.
But speaking to Kwaku Owusu Adjei on Si Me So on Kasapa FM, Dr Samuel Adu Gyamfi urged the NPP to desist from its seeming calculated attempt to paint the EC black in the eyes of Ghanaians.
“You cannot tarnish the image of the EC and its Boss and make it look as if the Commission is in bed with the government and further suggest that majority of Ghanaians want the voters register changed. The NPP is not the majority of Ghana, and neither are the rest of the political parties. It is all Ghanaians that form the majority of the voice in Ghana. So if the NPP makes a proposition to the EC, it knows the Commission has the competence and legal right to assess the proposal and make pronouncements on it.
"If it looks into the matter and the party disagrees with the verdict, it is well and good that the outcome is respected, and even if we beg to differ, it is essential that we don’t make comments like the EC is in bed with the government, because that is dangerous for our democracy.”
He added, When you denigrate the EC, and you eventually win the election it will amount to the same thing. Because what you are saying is that you used a bloated register to win the elections.