Author: Beyonce Diamond Kpogli
A group calling itself Third Force Alliance has accused the ruling New Patriotic Party(NPP) of doing anything humanly possible to win next year’s Ghana Election 2024.
According to the group, NPP as a party does not have better policies to convince Ghanaians to vote for them come the 2024 general elections rather, with strategies.
Speaking to the press, a member of the group, also General Secretary of Ghana Union Movement (GUM), Kojo Gold Arhinful argued that EC’s decision to make the Ghana card the sole document for proof of one’s citizenship for the purposes of registration of voters, clearly shows that the EC is in bed with NPP to break the 8.
He called on the minority caucus in Parliament to reject the Constitutional Instrument(CI)not mature into law.
“Having perused this C.I., we wish to state using the forum of a press conference without any equivocation that same must be rejected by parliament and not allowed mature and become a law. We hold the view that this Constitutional Instrument is not only obnoxious and unconstitutional, but it is inimical to the tenets of participatory democracy in a country like ours”.
He added that the unpopular decision by the electoral commission to expunge the guarantor system from the proposed constitutional instrument as a form of identification for the purposes of voter registration is curious, unbeatable and inexplicable.
“The decision by the EC to abandon the registration of voters at Polling Station and Electoral Area levels for registration at District Centre would hugely disenfranchise a greater majority of prospective voters considering the geographical outlook of the Districts across the country.
This arrangement would require people to travel long distances in order to access the registration centres at the district”.
“Apart from inconveniencing prospective voters, this will further place a financial burden on the very Ghanaians whose economic and financial circumstances have been worsened by the insensitive and clueless economic management approach of the Akufo – Addo government”, he explained.
The group, therefore called on parliament to reject the electoral commission’s proposed constitutional instrument seeking to make the Ghana card the sole proof of citizenship for the purpose of voter registration.
The group is a coalition of Political Parties under the board banner of the “Third Force Alliance” comprising the PNC, PPP and GUM with a keen stake and interest in the forward match of Ghana’s Democracy and Governance as enjoined on us by the political parties Act passed by the parliament of Ghana (ACT 574).