Former presidential staffer warns EC to be transparent

Policy for Friday, May 24, 2024

Fountain: Muhammed Faisel Mustapha, contributor

2024-05-24

Alhaji Baba Lamin Abu Sadat Alhaji Baba Lamin Abu Sadat

A prominent member of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) and former presidential staffer, Alhaji Baba Lamin Abu Sadat, has sent a message of caution to the Ghana Electoral Commission to be fair and transparent in the current limited registration exercise.

He said the NDC is ready and prepared to expose any foul play that the EC and the ruling party may try to orchestrate during and after the exercise, which will end in a few days.

Referring to some anomalies in the figures presented by the EC, the Hon. Kumasi-based Alfa Radio’s Alhaji Baba Lamin described it as a deliberate attempt by the EC to favor the ruling party.

He recalled that the EC, during the 2020 elections, projected numerous figures as election results, giving President Akufo-Addo his second term in office. He said he believes the EC figures, which the NDC put forward, were a deliberate attempt to give an advantage to the NPP.

He expressed concern over how the Electoral Commission Central Office has been packed with known NPP supporters, adding that most of the EC chairpersons and returning officers at the district level are also members of the NPP executives. He therefore called on all NDC members to be vigilant and careful with the NPP in the upcoming December 7, 2024 elections.

He revealed that Awutu Senya East executives have outlined measures to ensure that no NPP supporter is used as chairman or returning officer during the elections and urged other NDC constituency executives to adopt the same measures when the country goes to the polls.

He called on all NDC executives to work hard to ensure that the party comes to power because Ghanaians are looking for a change, and that change depends on the efforts and commitments of everyone from this period until election day.

He appealed to first-time voters to be patient while queuing to register and urged them to vote for John Mahama and NDC Members of Parliament to ensure that John Mahama and the NDC have a majority in Parliament.