The opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) has accused the Electoral Commission of deliberately undertaking the voter registration exercise in a manner that will disadvantage other political parties.
The NDC says its monitoring of the exercise has revealed a well-rehearsed approach by the EC together with the governing NPP to disenfranchise voters in NDC strongholds.
At a press conference, General Secretary of the NDC, Johnson Asiedu Nketia alleged that EC officials and some NPP officials within the various districts have been captured on record registering minors and preventing the registration of applicants in NDC strongholds.
“[This exercise] seems to point to a calculated and well-rehearsed orchestration designed by the Electoral Commission to intentionally create a state of confusion that will allow privilege and well positioned political players to exploit in pursuit of their parochial interest rather than the national interest of securing a credible register that is prerequisite for any free and fair election.”
The exercise, which began across the country at the EC’s district offices and in over 1,000 additional centres has largely been peaceful, except for some instances of network challenges.
A few days ago, the New Patriotic Party (NPP) in the Ashanti Region accused the National Democratic Congress (NDC) of deliberately frustrating people from registering in some parts of the region.
The NPP in the Ashanti Region said some NDC agents deliberately delayed the registration process by raising needless disagreements.
Three suspects were also detained at the Adabraka Police in Accra for the illegal possession and filling of guarantee forms for prospective voters in the ongoing limited voter registration exercise on Saturday.
Reports say the suspects were caught signing the guarantee forms which are solely filled by EC officials for applicants who do not have the required identification cards.
An eyewitness narrated the incident to Citi News, saying “There were signing guarantor forms and they were thumbprinting for people and the forms they had were bulky so I raised alarm.”