A group calling itself Young Democrats in the Northern region have urged the Electoral Commission (EC) to be fair and transparent in the voter registration exercise.
The Group, believed to be aligned with the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) says it will not countenance any excuses by the EC during exercise.
Officials of the EC begun the exercise today (Tuesday), 30th June across the country and have experienced some challenges with their machines and other issues at some centres.
But the Group in a statement signed by its Regional President Ahmed Alhassan Yakubu vowed to resist excuses for faulty machines and and unnecessary delays by officials of the EC.
“As a referee in this registration process it is our belief that the electoral commission will be fair and transparent in the distribution of personnel and equipments to all registration centers.
As a party, we will not countenance unnecessary delays by officers of the commission, we will strongly resist any excuses of faulty machines and insufficient registration materials any of our registration centers.” The statement said.
It added “By this, it is our hope that officers will be equipt with enough registration materials as well as stand by registration kids to immediately replace any faulty machine.”
Read full copy of statement below;
YOUNG DEMOCRATS – NORTHERN REGION
VOTER REGISTRATION, CITIZENS SHOULD NOT BE INTIMIDATED BY THE SECURITY
Pursuant to our leader and Flagbear John Dramani Mahama’s position on the supreme court ruling, We (YOUNG DEMOCRATS -NR) want to join the call of our party, the National Democratic Congress to call on all Members of the party to actively take part in the voter registration exercise that begins today 30th June 2020, across the country.
This is the beginning of the December 7, 2020 general election and we want to call on party people to register massively and to ensure that no household member or neighbor remains unregistered. This is the only activity that will guarantee you the right to vote in the upcoming Parliamentary and Presidential elections.
As a research and a grassroot youth wing of NDC working in collaboration with the regional youth commander, we wish to call on all party affiliate groups, networks and social media campaigners to adopt and aligned themselves to branches to ensure that every member turns out to register and that everybody who do not have the required documents gets 2 people to vouch for him/her.
The Northern Regional Chairman Alhaji Ibrahim Mobila this weekends hinted that the regional executives are ready and prepared to mobilise the people to come out for the registration. By this we want to urge both the constituency and branch executives to see it as a challenge and takes it up so we can all achieved this crafty objective. This is not the time for complains, this is not the time for ‘we are not in talking terms’, this is not the time for pettiness, this is the time for action, a time to bring everybody on board to achieve a collective objective. It is only possible together.
We also want to urged our youth to remain calm and not cause trouble during the process but only make sure they guarantee those without the approved identification cards.
Ladies and Gentlemen, we recognized that we are not in normal times, we advice all members to pay attention to the WHO’s protocols on Covid 19 as well as adhering to other necessary personal precautions. We are also calling on all our parliamentary candidates and other benevolent party members to make reusable nose mask available to the branches so that old men and women who will turn up to register without nose mask will be given one.
Make sure you go to your designated registration center with the following details in order to speed up the process; Your full name, Date of birth, Residential address/ House number, Mother’s name, Father’s name, Guardian’s name, GPS address, Postal address
As a referee in this registration process it is our belief that the electoral commission will be fair and transparent in the distribution of personnel and equipments to all registration centers.
As a party, we will not countenance unnecessary delays by officers of the commission, we will strongly resist any excuses of faulty machines and insufficient registration materials any of our registration centers. By this, it is our hope that officers will be equipt with enough registration materials as well as stand by registration kids to immediately replace any faulty machine.
ATTEMPT TO DISENFRANCHISED GHANAIAN VOTERS
Ledies and Gentlemen, this government has been scheming for sometime now with its collaborators like the National Identification Authority, the Jean Mensah led electoral commission, some Judges, a section of the media and CSOs to have a huge population of Ghanaian voters disenfranchised. We see the sudden influx of military personnel in NDC strongholds particularly the Volta Region as an attempt to advanced this objective. Unfortunately on their part, an attempt by the Defense minister to rationalise the grand scheme with other deployment rather came late as the member of Parliament for Adanse Asokwa Hon. KT Hammond has already told everybody the real reason behind this deployment.
For the deployment to coincide with the commencement of the voter registration exercise and the accompanied harassment of the law abiding citizens of ketu south in their homes, in the streets and in the markets make it difficult to comprehend.
The bottom line is that as far as the NPP is concerned, the people of the Volta Region and some parts of Northern Ghana are foreigners and should not be allowed to have their names in electoral register. The NPP’s superiority complex is the main driver of this “show of tribal hatred. This did not start today. The Nana Addo government is only taking it to a whole new level. This deep-seated animosity comes from a sense of entitlement: the belief that because they are ‘superior Ghanaians’, all others who do not share their political perspective must be deemed ineligible so that the political fortune of Ghana would remain in their hands.
Ladies and Gentlemen of the press, It will be recalled that this was the biggest reason that the NPP family introduced the Aliens Compliance Order in 1969 – a wicked legislation introduced by them when they finally won political power through manipulation the 1969 elections after orchestrating to have the CPP banned.
Have they cared to know why their founder, J.B. Danquah, could not even win one election in his lifetime? Instead of addressing why their political group has lost most elections in Ghana, the NPP chooses rather to direct their venom and hatred toward innocent people and accuse them of being aliens.
Was it Togolese who won all the 8 Regions for the NDC in all the elections the party won? How come then that Volta region is single out?
Those watching this looming danger, but failing to speak up and condemn it should remember that their silence makes them accomplices and posterity will judge them if their own consciences fail to do so. Thank you
Name: Ahmed Alhassan Yakubu
Name: Abdul Rauf Musah
Agt. Regional Secretary
Nam: Muniru Ibrahim