United Progressive Party’s (UPP) has called on the Electoral Commission (EC) of Ghana to rescind its rushing decision to hold the upcoming 2020 general elections in order not to repeat its mistake of what has triggered the cancelation of the scheduling of a national referendum on December 7 2019 which caused a colossal financial lost to the state.
Addressing a press conference in Accra yesterday, the Founder, leader and National Chairman for United Progressive Party, Mr Akwasi Addai ‘Odike’ Mr. Akwasi Addai ‘Odike’ on behalf of UPP challenged EC to publicly explain to Ghanaians reasons for the cancellation of the elections and give a breakdown on the expenses covering all processes as soon as possible.
He stressed that the EC should tell the whole of Ghana how much they spent and also support it with a breakdown.
“I will settle on no option than to stage a protest and disallow the holding of this year’s general elections should they fail to explain what prompted the termination of the referendum.”
Mr ‘Odike’ voiced out his displeasure on last year’s cancellation of the referendum and expressed his decision to disallow the holding of the upcoming 2020 general elections.
“We will all recall to memory that last year, the Electoral Commission of Ghana announced the scheduling of a national referendum on the 17th December 2019 alongside the district level elections so as to give room for the election of Metropolitan, Municipal and District Chief Executives and also allow political parties to be involved in local elections.,” he noted.
According to him, though the holding of the election received a parliamentary approval plus the allocation of a budget to cover expenses on the printing of ballot papers, social media announcements, among others, the EC shockingly abrogated the decision at the time all processes for the elections were completed.
Hitherto, he pointed out that no tangible reason has been given by the commission to defend what necessitated its action after causing such a collosal financial loss to the state.
Premised on the above, he expressed shock over why the commission made such an insensitive u-turn to the detriment of tax payers’ money.
“After making deductions from the cancellation of the referendum, I suspect that the EC’s role is subjected to the influence and bidding of the ruling political party NPP,” he mounted pressure.
Mr Edike said the EC was no more autonomous since its decisions are now determined by top executives of the governing New PatrioticParty (NPP).
Without mincing words, the leader of UPP set the record straight that the EC is indecisive.
On the suspended Ghana card registration exercise, he noted that the EC made a public awareness of the fact that the Ghana card won’t be a requirement for this year’s general elections.
He stated that It’s usage per what the commission said will however be made inclusive in year 2024’s general election.
“My big question for officials is; why the sudden change in decision?
“Should we assume that the EC has been influenced to execute the political agenda of a party of their choice?
Source:Bizzygh.com/Freeman KORYEKPOR AWLESU