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EC cannot rig elections for political parties – Maxwell Chilebalem

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Maxwell Chilembalem, the Talensi Constituency Organiser for the NPP is of the opinion that the Electoral Commission [EC] is not in the position to rig elections for the benefit of any political party in the country.

“I do not think that the EC can rig the elections for a particular political party. I do not believe it. It can never happen.”

“If you are a political party, you need to build structures. It is the structures that would help you to win an election. It is not an EC. In 2016, all that we proposed to the EC, they rejected it but at the end of the day, we won the elections. It is not the EC that can help the parties to elections. No,” he said.

Mr. Chilembalem’s comments were in connection to suggestions from some members of the NDC that the NPP has connived with the EC to rig the elections after the latter proposed the adoption of the Ghana card as the single valid document for registration unto the voter roll.

The Talensi Constituency Organiser continued to say that members of the NDC who have not been able to register for the Ghana card should turn their anger towards the leaders of the party.

“A General-Secretary, a core executive tells people, don’t go and register and you are a grassroots member and you believed in him. If Abdallah [Jonathan Salifu Abdallah, a member of the NDC’s communication team] and co sat on radio in 2018, 2019 and incited their people not to go and get the Ghana card, at the end of the day, if the processes and ended and some of them could not get their Ghana card, their members at the grassroots who couldn’t get the Ghana card should blame Abdallah and co.”

Meanwhile, Jonathan Salifu Abdallah, a member of the NDC’s Upper East Regional communication team is worried that the Electoral Commission’s insistence on the use of the Ghana card as the only document for registration onto the voters’ register is a recipe for disaster and could plunge the country into chaos.

“This is a move that if not well managed, can plunge this country into chaos. I do not see the reason why I will be 18 years, will be eligible to vote, and meet all the criteria, but because I do not have the Ghana card, which is of course through no fault of mine, I cannot in any way register and vote for a prepared candidate.”

Source: A1radioonline.com|101.1MHz|Mark Kwasi Ahumah Smith|Ghana

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