The New Patriotic Party (NPP) has confirmed that it would attend the forum led by the five member panel set up by the Electoral Commission to receive petitions from some political parties, civil society groups and a number of Ghanaians for a new voters’ register.
The current electoral album has been the center of debate, while some have called for a new one, others have called for an audit to ensure the document is credible ahead of the 2016 election.
A well-known member of the NPP Gabby Asare Otchere Darko had urged the NPP to boycott the EC forum, describing the process as a “farcical circus”.
Pro-NPP group Let My Vote Count Alliance and other members of the opposition party have also described some members of the panel as biased and sympathetic to the ruling NDC.
Speaking to sit-in-hostess Yaa Serwah Akoto Wednesday, Director of Elections of the NPP Martin Korsah, said the party would make a representation at the forum and make a strong case for a new voters’ register.
“We never sad we were not going to attend the event. We raised concerns with the panel but that was not to say we were not going to avail ourselves. Per our letter received, we are to make our presentation on Friday, we’ll send a delegation there and the whole world will hear our solid case”. he said
The Panel is constituted by His Lordship Professor V.C.R.A.C. Crabbe, Co-Chair of the Coalition for Domestic Election Observers, (CODEO), former Justice of the Supreme Court of Ghana, former Professor of Law, and former Electoral Commissioner of Ghana; Most Reverend Professor Emmanuel Asante, former Presiding Bishop of the Methodist Church of Ghana and Chairman of the National Peace Council.
The rest are Dr. Grace Bediako, a former Government Statistician and former member of the National Development Planning Commission; Dr. Nii Narku Quaynor, a renowned computer scientist, Chairman of the National Information Technology Agency (NITA) Board of Directors, and President of the Internet Society of Ghana; and Maulvi Bin Salih, Ameer of the Ahmadiyya Mission of Ghana.
The hearings will take place on Thursday and Friday, the 29th and 30th of October, 2015 at Alisa Hotel, North Ridge, Accra from 10:00hrs to 13:00hrs and 14:00hrs to 17:00hrs daily.