EC eTransmission was proposed by NPP – NDC rebuts

EC eTransmission was proposed by NPP – NDC rebuts
Source: Ghana | | Austin Brakopowers | Email:
Date: 03-08-2016 Time: 06:08:48:am

The governing National Democratic Congress (NDC) is accusing opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) of hypocrisy after it says it was not involved in the decision to transmit the December 7 polls results electronically.

Deputy General Secretary of NDC, Koku Anyidoho, says the idea to use the electronic medium, which has been adopted by Ghana’s electoral body, was suggested by the NPP at an Inter-Party Advisory Committee (IPAC) meeting.

“This whole e-Transmission thing was the brainchild of the NPP,” he told Dzifa Bampoe, host of Joy FM’s Newsnite programme Tuesday.

NPP has expressed grave concerns over what it has described as a deliberate attempt by the Electoral Commission (EC) to keep it at bay in decisions regarding the electronic transmission of the December 2016 election results.

NPP Campaign Manager, Peter MacManu, says they were not invited to sit in when the five companies that have been shortlisted to be considered for the contract were invited by the EC to demonstrate their software.

Within the space of hours, the Commission issued a statement disclaiming comments made by the NPP.

The EC says the NPP alongside the other political parties was involved in the lead-up to the decision to adopt the electronic process and that it claims were false and malicious.

The NPP’s Campaign Manager, who is a member of the Legal Committee of IPAC, was part of the decision makers, the Commission said.

Some political analysts and civil society groups came out against the NPP urging it to stop derailing the electoral process of the country.

Mr Anyidoho says it was about time Ghanaians stopped listening to the NPP because of it constant nagging.

“Once again the NPP’s attempt to at all times bastardise the Electoral Commission and the electoral process and seeking to create the impression that they know nothing about what goes on at IPAC meetings and they are not part of any decision has been exposed,” he said.

He says he was happy the EC took a strong stance against the NPP and for proactively exposing its hypocrisy.

Mr Anyidoho says he had listened to political analysts such as Political Science lecturer at the University of Ghana, Dr Ransford Gyampoh, as well as arguments put out by some civil societies on the matter and has expressed his satisfaction that finally Ghanaians are waking up to the naggings of the opposition party.

The NDC is due to hold a press briefing Wednesday at the party’s headquarters at Asylum Down. The party’s chief scribe, Johnson Asiedu Nketia, will address the media.

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