Director of Elections for the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Elvis Afriyie-Ankrah says the opposition party has declined invitations to recent Inter-Party Advisory Committee (IPAC) meetings because their contributions are constantly disregarded.

According to him, it is not fair that the Electoral Commission proposes reforms without considering the position of the NDC, the biggest opposition party.

Speaking at a Press Briefing Thursday May 20, Afriyie-Ankrah stated that attending IPAC meetings will remain a complete waste of time if fundamental changes are not made to proceedings.

“So for purposes of achieving whatever agenda, entities that the EC knows will not qualify to be political parties are recruited and mobilized, bring them and then they will all say we agree and sign.

“Then the NDC which is the biggest opposition party is allowed to have just one person representing them at IPAC for decision making. So when we go to IPAC meetings our presence and input does not make any difference,” he explained.

“So the NDC cannot have a situation where we have an equal number of seats in Parliament with the NPP but are allowed to have only one vote just as the smaller parties.”

The purpose of the NDC’s press briefing was to discuss some electoral reforms proposed by the Electoral Commission (EC) and the Inter-Party Advisory Committee (IPAC).

The opposition party which was not represented at the two-day IPAC review workshop on the 2020 general elections held May 18 to 19, also rejected the EC’s proposal to change the time for closing of polls from 5 pm to 3 pm among others.