May 22, 2024

The National Democratic Congress (NDC) has advised the Electoral Commission of Ghana not to allow themselves for any unscrupulous and recalcitrant people to destroy the electoral process in the 7th December, 2024 general elections.

According to the party, some decisions by the EC will make it easy for people who have the mentality to rig the elections will succeed in doing that.

Speaking at a press conference, the National Chairman of the largest opposition party in Ghana the NDC, Johnson Asiedu Nketia stated that the Chairperson of the Electoral Commission, Jean Mensah decision to stop the use of indelible ink in the general elections will compromise the integrity of the election.

“The discontinuation of the use of indelible ink in Ghana’s election at this stage will open the flood gate for the furious activities that will compromise the integrity of our elections. The EC must not make life easy for criminals to exploit our electoral process” He stated.

The Electoral Commission (EC) has announced that there is no need for indelible ink for the district-level election and subsequent polls.

According to the Chairperson of the Commission, Jean Mensah, avoiding indelible ink in elections has become necessary due to the effectiveness of the biometric system.

“The issue of indelible ink, the question is when we were not doing biometric we were basically using your face, your card. We look at your face and we say this picture looks like you. “The biometric technology makes it difficult for a person who has been verified and cast their vote to come a second time. So, there is no need for indelible ink. Once you have been verified, it goes into the system and you cannot come back a second time,” she said.

But General Mosquito stressed that the NDC will forever oppose the decision by the Electoral Commission to stop the use of the indelible ink.

“The NDC is diametrically opposed to the Electoral Commission decision not to use the indelible ink during the election 2024” Asiedu Nketia said.

Meanwhile, the Majority Leader of Parliament, Osei Kyei Mensah Bonsu has observed that there is a high tendency for the Electoral Commission of Ghana to plug Ghana into chaos in the 2024 general elections if care is not taken.

He said the performance of the Electoral Commission in the District Level Elections on Tuesday, 19th December, 2023 is clear indication that the EC is not well prepared ahead of the 2024 general elections.

The Suame constituency lawmaker also urged the Electoral Commission to reconsider their decision to stop the usage of indelible ink for polls in the country.

“Another thing that I think the Electoral Commission they have to have a second look at is their discontinues of the usage of the indelible ink, I think they should reconsider it because today, my small constituency, I think two electoral areas, the materials for voting did not arrive so is likely they may do it tomorrow or the day after. If it happens that way, I don’t know how centralized their database is, their database is not centralized?

“And a person has voted at Suame and maybe by other means succeeded in registering in another place and the name has not popped up, if you have a strong indelible ink it will give the person out” The Majority leader stated.