The National Democratic Congress (NDC) says any attempt by the Electoral Commission of Ghana (EC) to diminish transparency in the ongoing Voter Registration will be resisted.

Addressing the media at the party’s headquarters at Adabraka in Accra, the National Chairman for the NDC, Johnson Asiedu Nketia questioned why the EC is refusing party agents from recording the serial numbers of the Biometric Voter Registration (BVR) kits.

According to him, recording the serial numbers of BVR kits is done during elections in the country, and wonders why the EC is refusing the same now.  

“Is there something they are hiding from the public? Will our precautionary measure not prevent the criminals who stole the BVR kits from using them to illegally register people? If the EC has nothing to hide, they should just allow willing political parties to record the serial numbers of BVR kits during this limited voter registration exercise.

“Members of the press, on Election Day, serial numbers of Biometric verification devices (BVDs) are recorded on the Statement of polls (pink sheets). Agents of political parties have access to the serial numbers of BVDs. So, why stop the recording of serial numbers of Biometric Voter Registration (BVR) kits?” Mr. Nketiah asked.

He continued: “We wish to serve notice and notice is hereby served that NDC registration agents across the country will resist the EC’s clandestine attempts aimed at diminishing transparency in the voter registration exercise.

“Let me emphasize that our agents must activate the party’s super hi-tech application systems to transmit all serial numbers of BVR kits in their districts and electoral areas to the National Elections and IT Directorate of the party, with or without the approval of the EC.

“We shall not falter!
We shall not relent!
We shall not tire!

“Ladies and gentlemen, we do not expect the Electoral Commission of Ghana to act as the conduit through which Akufo-Addo will implement his avowed determination not to hand over power to the visionary, experienced, and trustworthy John Dramani Mahama.

“NPP must choose a peaceful transfer of power from NPP to NDC in their own interest. The 2024 elections will not be business as usual. The EC must sit up! The EC must answer the 35 questions posed by the NDC on the stolen biometric equipment.

“The EC has no option but to allow our agents to record the serial numbers of the BVR kits deployed for this registration exercise if they have nothing to hide. Improved transparency is beneficial to all stakeholders but above all, it enhances the credibility of the EC.”

“Finally, let me use this opportunity to repeat our call to all CSOs, Chiefs, Opinion Leaders, Faith-based Organizations to join us to demand more transparency and fairness which is a necessary pre-condition for peaceful elections.”

Source: Ghana/