The General Secretary of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Mr Johnson Asiedu Nketia has asked sympathisers of the party living in neighbouring West African countries to come home and register to vote in the 2015 election when the Electoral Commission (EC) begins the process of registration.
Urging them to disregard the ‘noises’ from some political parties calling for a new voters register, Mr Nketia who was addressing sections of the Ghanaian community in Cotonou on Wednesday, said the current register was the best the country had ever produced.
The General Secretary was among the entourage of the Vice-President, Mr Kwesi Amissah-Arthur, who attended the investiture of the newly elected President of Benin, Mr Patrice Talon.
Touching on the agitations spearheaded by the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) for the voters register to be validated or a new one created, Mr Nketia said there was no basis for the NPP to call for a new register when it was that same party that proposed the idea of a biometric registration which was agreed upon by the Inter-Party Advisory Committee (IPAC).
“For that same party to turn around and claim the register is bloated is untenable,” he said.
According to the NDC scribe, the government was on course delivering its campaign promises to Ghanaians adding that President John Mahama was focused on his mandate.
Mr Nketia explained that there would be time for continues registration which would afford Ghanaians abroad the opportunity to come home and register at their own convenience.
Mr Nketia presented “Accounting to the people”, the green book that catalogues development and other ongoing projects undertaken by the Mahama-administration to the Ghana mission in Cotonou and asked members of the Ghanaian community who wished to apprise themselves of the current state of development in Ghana to go through the book.
He assured them that the NDC party would make more copies of the book available to the Ghanaian community in Benin as part of efforts to sell the government’s message of development to Ghanaians in the diaspora.
On his part, the Vice-President urged the Ghanaian community in Benin to unite and live in peace with each other in order not to offend the law in the country they resided.
Mr Amissah-Arthur reaffirmed the government’s commitment to a free and transparent elections.