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EC withdraws from supervising NDC primaries amidst legal issues

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The Electoral Commission (EC) of Ghana has announced that it will not be supervising the National Democratic Congress (NDC) Presidential and Parliamentary primaries, scheduled for Saturday, May 13, 2023. The decision comes after a request for interlocutory injunction filed by one of the flag bearer aspirants, Dr. Kwabena Duffuor, seeking to restrain the EC from supervising the primaries. The NDC is facing allegations of anomalies with its voter’s register.

The Chairperson of the EC, Jean Mensa, explained that the commission had agreed to supervise the primaries upon the invitation of the NDC and had met with the Elections Committee to discuss the modalities for the polls. The guidelines agreed upon included the requirement that the register to govern the elections would be made available to contesting parties at least seven days before the conduct of the elections. However, the EC received a letter from Dr. Kwabena Duffuor’s campaign team earlier this week alleging various errors and anomalies with the register.

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Following the receipt of the letter, the commission deemed it necessary to meet with the Elections Committee of the NDC, as well as the representatives of the presidential aspirants to deliberate on the matter and agree on a way forward. The meeting was scheduled to take place on the day of the announcement but had to be called off due to the court injunction served on the commission.

The decision not to supervise the elections was made by the commission to avoid being cited for contempt of court. The commission will not be involved in supervising the elections until the legal issues associated with it are resolved.

For the most part, the NDC has not taken part in the Inter-Party Advisory Committee (IPAC) meeting of the EC since 2021. Mrs. Mensa expressed hope that the party’s invitation to the meeting would pave the way for the NDC to return to IPAC and be part of the important discussions that took place there.

In a nutshell, the EC has withdrawn from supervising the NDC primaries due to legal issues associated with allegations of anomalies with the party’s voter’s register. The decision was made to avoid being cited for contempt of court. The NDC is encouraged to attend the Inter-Party Advisory Committee (IPAC) meetings to be part of important discussions.

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