“This Kwaku Ananse politics that the NDC does, I don’t understand why. It’s as if they live in different planets.”The NDC’s General Secretary, Johnson Asiedu Nketia at the forum maintained that it is not advisable to delete names of minors from the voters’ register because they may now have attained the voting age.
Asiedu Nketia further argued that the evidence presented by the New Patriotic Party (NPP) is “flawed and problematic” and does not warrant calls for the compilation register.
Punish minors on register
Meanwhile, speaking on Citi FM’s News analysis programme The Big Issue on Saturday, Sydney Casely Hayford insisted that minors on the register should be fished out and punished.
He said per the summary of the presentations “it’s coming across permanently to me like as if the NDC is always in a completely different frequency from anybody else.”
The social commentator said he gets angry “…When I hear somebody tell me that somebody registered as a minor when they were 14 or 15 years old and today they are now 18 and that seem to be an acceptable reasoning for logically agreeing that a register is not flawed because they have matured and have become legal voters. What you forget is that at the time when they registered they were 14 or 15 and it was illegal.”
He argued that when one breaks the law there are punitive measures, “so if it is discovered that you have falsified information in order for you to be able to get the voter ID you have to be penalized for doing something like that.”
“…We need to find out what your motivation was and whether you were instigated by anybody to come and do this. If the NPP or NDC pushed you as a minor to come and do it, we want to hear a confession. Because whoever it is who insisted that you should come and do this, either bribed you or not, is just as culpable as you in ensuring that we have a register that is not credible,” Casely Hayford added.