The National Democratic Congress (NDC) Elections Commission has responded to concerns raised about the accuracy of the party’s voter data ahead of the flag bearer and parliamentary primaries scheduled for Saturday. The head of the commission, Kakra Essamuah, has stated that the issues are being addressed to ensure fairness for all candidates. The commission has scheduled a press conference on Thursday to officially communicate its findings and alleviate any fears.
Dr Kwabena Duffuor, one of the contestants, has raised concerns over the integrity of the party’s electoral process. His campaign team has requested that key stakeholders engage in a roundtable discussion to address the issues promptly. The team emphasized the need for transparent and fair elections and warned of potential pitfalls that may have severe consequences if not addressed.
The campaign team expressed doubts about the accuracy of the voter data provided by the NDC Electoral Commission for the primaries. They called for the issue to be addressed to ensure a transparent and fair electoral process. In a letter dated April 17, 2023, the team requested access to the voter register to determine the eligibility of voters in the upcoming primaries. A meeting was held on May 2, 2023, during which some information regarding the voter register was disclosed to Dr Duffuor’s team. However, upon conducting a preliminary analysis of the information provided, the campaign team discovered what they deemed to be excessive anomalies within the register.
For the most part, the NDC Elections Commission has assured the public that it is taking the concerns raised seriously and that the issues will be addressed. The commission has scheduled a meeting with all representatives of the various contestants to agree on the modalities and to address any perceived anomaly. The commission’s statement underscores the importance of resolving these matters to ensure a transparent and fair election.
In a nutshell, it is crucial that political parties prioritize transparency and fairness in their electoral processes to prevent any doubts and ensure that the will of the people is reflected accurately. As Ghanaians prepare to elect their next president and parliamentary representatives, it is essential that stakeholders work together to address any perceived anomalies and ensure a smooth electoral process.