General Secretary of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), Johnson Asiedu Nketiah, has vowed to protect decades of democracy witnessed in Ghana.
In order to do that, he said opposition political parties will do everything it takes to get the Chairperson of the Electoral Commission (EC), Jean Mensa, and her officials to drop the proposal to adopt a new voter roll.
In his opinion, the EC is seeking to destroy Ghana’s democracy by compiling a new voter roll when the existing register is credible for the 2020 polls.
“Whatever it takes to pump a little bit of sense into the heads of Jean Mensa and her cabal, we will do it,” he said at Saturday’s ‘Tikuyasi’ demonstration held at Tamale in the Northern Region organised by political parties against the new register.
According to Mr Nketiah, “we cannot struggle to build a democracy for 30 years only to allow one individual to just come and break everything apart. So, we are saying that we will never agree for our democracy to be toyed with.”
He has, therefore, urged other political parties, pastors, other religious leaders, Imams and Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) to oppose a new register.
The EC requested and parliament approved about GH¢444million for the exercise.
The current register was compiled in 2012 and was used for the last two general and parliamentary polls in Ghana. The same register was also used for the referendum to create new regions as well as the local government polls to elect heads of the various assemblies and unit committee members.