Deputy National Democratic Congress (NDC) Secretary, Koku Anyidoho, has alleged that the New Patriotic Party (NPP) is fighting for the compilation of a new voters register in order to prevent certain tribes from registering in the Ashanti Region.
These persons, Koku alleged on Adom FM’s Morning Show, ‘Dwaso Nsem’ on Tuesday, are persons who hail from the Volta and three northern regions, but are resident in the Ashanti region.
“I know why the NPP is fighting to have the voters register changed…their aim is to just get the EC to say we are going to do a new one so that they can implement their plan of preventing Ewes and Northerners in the Ashanti region from registering…,” he said.
The man nicknamed ‘The bull’ named NPP Member of Parliament (MP) for Assin Central, Kennedy Agyapong, former Asokwa MP, Maxwell Kofi Jumah and Ashanti Regional chairman of the party, Bernard Antwi Boasiako, also known as Chairman Wontumi, as persons hatching such a plan.
“I have intelligence that these people are planning this evil agenda hence pushing for a change of the voters register…,” he said.
This claim has however been described as ‘baseless allegations coming from an idiot’.
Speaking on the same show, NPP’s Ken Agyapong said he could understand the frustrations of the NDC Deputy scribe who hails from the Volta Region ‘because the NDC have deceived the people of the Volta Region big time and hence have no message for the region.’
“What Koku is doing is only seeking to court the region which they have disappointed. Now, look at the state of the country, everyone is feeling the impact of their bad governance, are we saying they (Ewes and Northerners) are also not being affected by the collapsed NHIS and other bad policies of the NDC?” he asked.
He called on Koku Anyidoho to come again as he is ‘only making politics cheap with the same lame argument.’
The NPP first mooted the idea of a change of the voters register ahead of the 2016 polls.
The party’s running mate, Dr. Bawumia, led the party to put forth their argument for the change of the voters roll. At a press conference in Accra, Dr. Bawumia alleged that more than 70,000 persons have their names in the register, but are not Ghanaians.
Since the press conference, the NPP also have, in diverse ways, presented arguments which sought to strengthen their initial claims.
Pro-opposition pressure group, Let My Vote Account Alliance (LMVCA) has also taken up the issue, staging a demonstration to back the calls. The group has also solicited the views of various political leaders in the country, including former Presidents, to back their calls.
Other opposition parties like the Progressive People’s Party (PPP) and the Ghana Freedom Party (GFP) have also called for a new register.
The governing National Democratic Congress (NDC) has, however, dismissed such calls, variously describing it as useless and a waste of the country’s resources.
Think tank, Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA) ahead of an intended public meeting by the Electoral Commission (EC), is meanwhile organizing a debate for the political parties to put forth their various arguments for or against the compilation of a new voters register.
The NDC, despite initially accepting to be part of the debate, pulled out at the last minute.
Koku Anyidoho told listeners of Adom FM that the party would only present their argument against the compilation of a new voters register when they meet EC officials.