Deputy General Secretary of the opposition National Democratic Congress, Peter Boamah Otukonor, has described as barefaced lies, claims that the NDC boycotted a meeting by the Inter-Party Advisory Committee (IPAC) to discuss the Constitutional Instrument that the EC is seeking Parliamentary passage to enable it register new voters and conduct the 2020 election.
In a statement, he described the claim which had been made by General Secretary of ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP), John Boadu.
“This is a concocted bare-faced lie that must be treated with the contempt it deserves. It is preposterous for John Boadu to suggest to right thinking Ghanaians, that because the NDC protested and walked out of the last illegitimate ‘partitioned’ IPAC meeting, that is why the NDC didn’t get the information about the amendments,” Mr Otokunor wrote in a statement.
According to him, John Boadu’s claim is “very repulsive, because he is very much aware of the IPACs established procedures for preparing electoral legislation for consideration by Parliament through the Legal sub-committee of IPAC, with representation from the two major political parties and the smaller parties as was the case in the preparation of the original CI 91.”
“None of these procedures were used and as if that was not enough, the EC had in earlier communication at various fora, expressly intimated that they will not use the NIA system for registration.”
John Boadu had made the claim of the NDC’s boycott on Joy News’ AM Show.
“The NDC boycotted the last IPAC meeting at which meeting details of the EC’s CI on the registering of voters and the conduct of election 2020 was exhaustively discussed before it was laid in Parliament,” Mr. Boadu alerted.
“How can you boycott a meeting and then months later, hold a press conference accusing the election management body of failing to discuss the CI with political parties? You just can’t understand the NDC’s desperation”, he added.
But according to Otukonor, the claim is a lie that must be shunned out of hand.