NPP, EC plot to insert the name of an unqualified candidate into Assin North voters register – NDC

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The New Patriotic Party (NPP) and the Electoral Commission are under fire from the National Democratic Congress (NDC) for allegedly trying to add one of the NPP’s candidates to the Assin North voter list before to the by-election.

The NDC claims that Charles Opoku is running for office but is not a registered voter in the Assin North Constituency. The NDC further claims that Opoku’s “illegal” action will enable him compete in the NPP parliamentary primary to choose a candidate for the Assin North by-election.

The requirement that a candidate in an election must be a registered voter of the said constituency, they claimed, is violated by this.

A statement from the NDC stated “It is instructive to note that according to Regulation 22 of the Public Elections Regulations 2020 (C.I 127), voter transfer can only be effected for an ordinary citizen not less than 42 days to a public election. More importantly, transfer applications can only be made to the Returning Officer of a public election”.

“Given the fact that we have less than 42 days to the by-election in Assin North, and a Returning Officer is yet to be appointed for same, any transfer of voters to Assin North will be unlawful and same shall be fiercely rejected by the NDC,” Sammy Gyamfi added.

The party said they’ll do all in their power to prevent the Electoral Commission and the NPP from carrying out this “illegal plot” in order to win the election.

This comes after the NPP declared earlier this week that two individuals had chosen to compete in the party’s primary to choose a parliamentary candidate for the Assin North by-election.

They are Charles Opoku and Frederick Amoah Kyei.

Evans Nimako, the party’s director of elections, told media that the party has taken steps to expedite the procedure because the election is less than a month away.

Read the full statement below:


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