The opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) is intensifying its smear campaign against President Akufo-Addo and the Electoral Commission (EC) after being rattled by the approval of the Public Elections (Registration of Voters) (Amendment) Regulations, 2020 (C.I.126) by Parliament.
The new constitutional instrument (C.I.) gives a legal framework for the EC to compile a new register of voters in preparation for the 2020 presidential and parliamentary elections, and it excludes the use of a driver’s license and the existing voter identity card as a requirement for the registration.
Leaders of the NDC, who have vehemently opposed the compilation of a new register, are now using the proscription of the existing voter identity card to smear the President and the entire registration exercise.
Their flag-bearer, ex-President John Mahama, has threatened that should the EC go ahead to compile a new register, the NDC will not accept the results of the general election because he claims the exercise will be full of flaws.
Led by the party’s General Secretary, Johnson Asiedu Nketia, the NDC top members are crisscrossing the country and galvanizing traditional rulers to rise against the compilation of the new register since he said it was an anti-alien agenda of President Akufo-Addo and the New Patriotic Party (NPP).
Addressing the chiefs and people of Mo in the Kintampo Municipality, Mr. Nketia reportedly said the exclusion of the existing voter card as proof of nationality was necessitated by the personal dislike for foreigners by the President.
Without any proof, he said the family of President Akufo-Addo had an enormous dislike for foreigners and that was why his father, former Prime Minister Edward Akufo-Addo passed the Aliens Compliance Order in 1969.
source: ghana web