The ruling National Democratic Congress, NDC has accused the opposition New Patriotic Party of plotting to disenfranchise some of its [NDC] supporters in the Ashanti region by labeling them as dead in the voters’ register.
Addressing a press conference in Kumasi, the General Secretary of the NDC, Koku Anyidoho said the party has uncovered the said plot and handed over to the police two supporters of the NPP with the voters’ register in their possession.
“The NPP is busily compiling a very dubious list of supposed dead persons that they intend to present to the EC for such names to be deleted from the voters’ register.
“The NPP has decided to create a new voters’ register in their stronghold by disenfranchising known NDC supporters,” he added.
Mr. Anyidoho added that the NPP is only engaging in this ‘fraudulent’ act as a means of “forcing out names of persons who will not be able to take part in that so-called validation exercise they are talking about.”
He also accused the Member of Parliament for Suame, Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu as being the mastermind of the act.
But, in a response, Hon. Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu told Accra-based Joy FM that given the fact that the voters’ register with the political parties is a public document, he only asked his party activists to go through the 2012 register and help identify individuals who have passed away in the constituency and whose names remain in the register.
He said the EC will subsequently be notified of such names identified, adding that “It is not for the NPP to remove names from the register.”