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NDC Presidential Primaries to Proceed Despite Electoral Commission’s Refusal to Supervise

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The Electoral Commission (EC) has declined to supervise the upcoming National Democratic Congress (NDC) presidential primaries. However, the Director of Operations at the EC, Dr Serebour Quaicoe, has stated that the NDC can proceed with the process regardless. He clarified that the EC was not mandated by law to oversee the primaries, although he advised the NDC to address all outstanding issues to enable them to supervise the process.

The NDC had scheduled its presidential primaries for May 13th, but Dr. Kwabena Duffour, an aspirant, filed a lawsuit against the party citing discrepancies in the voters’ register. Dr. Duffour alleged that the party failed to provide the necessary photo album register, as required by the party’s rules, five weeks prior to the elections. He also claimed that a partial photo album register was provided to his team on May 4th, although they had requested it in March.

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Dr. Duffour further stated that the hard drive provided to his representatives contained 220 constituencies instead of 228 constituencies. Despite requesting a postponement of the elections until a full photo album register is secured, the party has failed to heed his request. Consequently, Dr. Duffour has requested the court to grant an interlocutory injunction to restrain the party and its national officers from holding the elections scheduled for May 13.

For the most part, the EC’s refusal to supervise the NDC presidential primaries has not hindered the party’s plans to conduct the process. However, the legal action taken by Dr. Duffour poses a significant challenge to the NDC’s leadership. The NDC must address the discrepancies in the voters’ register and provide a photo album register as required by the party’s rules. Failure to do so could result in further legal action and a delay in the primaries.

In a nutshell, the NDC must take the necessary steps to address the concerns raised by Dr. Duffour to ensure a fair and transparent presidential primary election. The party’s failure to do so could result in a lack of confidence in the integrity of the election process and potentially affect the outcome of the election.

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