The National Democratic Congress’s decision to boycott the recently held IPAC meeting has raised different views among the general public. While others believe it was inappropriate on the part of the party, the NDC believes they did the right thing. The NDC has justified its decision to Boycott the IPAC (Inter-Party Association Committee) meeting held by the EC on May 27, 2020. In their quest, the National Democratic Congress has stated that the EC’s decision to indicate a wrong time for the event in the letter addressed to their outfit is the reason why they boycotted the event.
The Electoral Commission met representatives of National Political Parties to enlighten them on the Commission’s plans for the compilation of a new voters register. Before this, the Electoral Commission had sent out letters to the outfits of the Political Parties by wrongful instated a time of 10 pm instead of 10 am. On recognition of the error, the EC sent in another set of letters to the Political parties to have the error corrected. The meeting was scheduled to in two batches, with the political parties grouped into two.
The first group had the National Democratic Congress as part of its members and scheduled to have the meeting at 10 am. The second group, which had the ruling New Patriotic Party as a member, was expected to have its meeting with the EC at 2 pm.
Speaking on Ekosii Sen on Asempa FM, the NDC through its National Communication’s Officer, Sammy Gyamfi claimed that the error committed by the Electoral Commission was deliberate. He emphasized that the letter was the second the NDC received from the outfit of the Electoral Commission after realizing a mistake on the first letter sent in. He alleges that the EC sent in letters with an accurate schedule to other political parties in the group but deliberately instated a wrong time on their letter.
Sammy Gyamfi believes the EC is just playing tricks around the National Democratic Party, urging the Commission to treat them better in such situations. Speaking on the matter on PeaceFM’s Kokrokoo morning programme, Deputy Chairperson of the Electoral Commission, Mr Bossman Asare believes the NDC is only trying to find reasons to justify their actions. Mr Bossman acknowledged that the Commission changed the time on the letters and sent in a new set of letters to respective Political Parties. He added that the NDC is aware meetings IPAC meetings are not held in the evening, and thus their reason is unjust.
He emphasized that the letters were sent to two officials of the National Democratic Party and he holds evidence to that effect. Records of e-mails sent in by the EC shows that the corrected letters were sent to two NDC representatives, he acknowledged.
To Mr Bossman Asare, the NDC is only finding justification for their actions of boycotting the IPAC meeting using the error committed in the first letter as an excuse, and nothing else.