[EC provisional register] John Boadu beats hasty retreat on claims
Sept. 21, 2019
The New Patriotic Party (NPP) has beaten a hasty retreat from claims it made that the Jean Mensah-led Electoral Commission (EC) has provided it with a provisional copy of the voters’ register.
General Secretary of the party, John Boadu, made a U-turn on his earlier claims on Asempa FM last Thursday when he said the NPP has received a copy of the provisional voters’ register from the Commission.
John Boadu’s claim then seems to be an attempt to spite the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), which had complained at a press conference that it is yet to receive a copy despite the fact that the exhibition exercise had a day to end.
The NPP General Secretary’s claim, however, drew sharp accusations and criticisms from the NDC and other political parties who concluded the NPP is having backroom dealings with the EC and receiving vital information to the disadvantage of the other parties.
However, John Boadu, speaking on Kasapa FM on Friday retracted his earlier claims and explained he was under the impression the Director of Elections of the NPP had taken delivery of a copy because he had made an arrangement with the EC, which said he could pick it up on Wednesday.
He, however, claimed when he contacted the NPP headquarters he was informed the EC said the data is heavy and so they are yet to finish the compilation for delivery.
He said, “As it stands now we’ve still not been provided with the soft copy of the provisional register yet.”
The NPP scribe defended the EC against the accusation of the NDC that the Commission is in breach of regulation 22 (2) of the Public Elections Regulations (Voter Registration) as captured in CI 91, which enjoins the Commission to provide the provisional register to all registered political parties within a stipulated time frame.
He argued the EC is still within the determined time to provide the parties with the provisional register and therefore the NDC’s complaints are unfounded.