Acting General Secretary of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), John Boadu, says the NPP will not act as spokespersons for the Electoral Commission (EC).
According to him, it is the responsibility of the EC to sensitize the public in order to ensure that elections are free, fair and transparent without any hitches and not for any political parties to defend the commission even if it errs.
Reacting to a public forum held by the Parliamentary Select Committee on Constitutional, Legal and Parliamentary affairs, Monday, July 11, 2016 on the proposed change of date for the 2016 elections, John Boadu said, the NPP is ready for the 2016 elections.
“We don’t see why the NDC is always defending the EC even if they go wrong. We in NPP will not be PRO for them (EC) because it is their responsibility to inform us in any decision they take. In fact, even if it comes out that elections be run today, we are ready” he stated.
The forum, according to a statement released by Kate Addo, Director of Public Affairs of Parliament is to enable major stakeholders and the general public to make presentations on the Constitution (Amendment) Bill, 2016.
“The Bill amends Article 112(4) of the Constitution to make provisions for Parliamentary elections to be held as well ahead of the expiration of the tenure of Parliament to ensure an effective and smooth transition”.
According to Ms. Addo, currently, the dates set for the conduct of both Presidential and Parliamentary elections in the country is 7th December while swearing-in takes place on the 7th day of January in the ensuing year.
But John Boadu maintained that a free, fair and credible elections in 2016, depends on a new Voters’ Register, which is non-negotiable adding that the NPP is ready to partake in the elections even in November.