The United Progressive Party, UPP, says it will resist any attempt by the Electoral Commission, EC to compile entirely new voters’ register.
According to the UPP, they will ensure any attempt to loot and waste the scarse state resources does not see the light of day.
This was contained in a press statement issued and signed in Accra by the Acting General Secretary of the UPP, Chief Bukari.
The statement noted that the concerns raised by the EC for the compilation of a new voters’ register is needless.
It further stated that the Jean Mensah led EC seems to have the backing of the Jubilee House as heard and seen the Senior Minister, Osafo Marfo made statements and gestures that suggests that government and EC are hell bent on getting a new register.
The statement called on the EC to listen to the concerns raised by Ghanaians for their intention to compile a new voters register.
Below is the full statement by UPP
Resistance Against A New Register: The UPP Sends A Strong Warning To The Jean Mensa Led EC.
The days following the EC’s announcement for the need of a new voters register has demonstrated very clearly the will and zeal of Ghanaians and stakeholders, in Ghana’s democratic process, to resist, fight any uncivil and illogical actions taken by the EC that may put the democracy of this 4th republic in jeopardy.
It is the position of the UPP, as part of the Inter-party resistance against the voters register, to resist this new voters register to the hilt and will play it’s part to contribute towards ensuring that this looting and wasting of scarce state resources does not see the light of day. Amidst all the strong points raised about the needlessness of the register, the Jean Mensah led EC seems to have the backing of the flagstaff house, as we have heard and seen the Senior minister make statements and gestures that suggests that gov’t and EC are hell bent on getting a new register. Well we will be hell bent on rejecting it until this preposterous agenda to plunge the country into a “family and friends state” and electoral chaos is dropped.
The EC must put it’s ears on the ground and listen to what Ghanaians want. It is unfortunate how our majority law makers insensitively use their simple majority to push through in parliament over 833m just to acquire something that is already credible beats my imagination. This money could have built more schools to augment and ease the pressure in the SHS, build more hospitals and operationalise the already completed ones, improve the terrible sanition situation in the country, build more roads, provide more borehole s in the rural areas etc
I call on the peace council, the CSO’s, the National House of Chiefs, the Otumfuor, former presidents, the International community to call the “all wise”Jean Mensah led EC whose main task is to rig this elections to be drop this fanciful dream for the wind that is coming will encompass and sweep everything in it’s way. None will be left out.
We will drive home our grievances and the EC will listen. Thus, the UPP has stormed Tamale on the 9th of January, 2020 ahead of the the demonstrations. We will demonstrate in Tamale first of on the 11th while picketing simultaneously and inbetween on the 16th at the various District and Regional EC offices nationwide, again on the 21st in Kumasi and climax it in Accra on the 28th.
We will always have a “plan B” C, E till the EC listens to the voice of the masses. Why buy a new vehicle just because the tire or headlamp is faulty? Why not change the tire or headlamp?
This is a strong warning to the EC to reconsider it’s arrogant position and posture before it’s too late.
Long live Ghana.
Long live our democracy.
General Secretary (Ag.)
By: Paul Mamattah