Mahama Halts Bono Campaign Over Voters Exhibition Challenges
The leader of the National Democratic Congress, John Dramani Mahama has cut short his campaign tour of the Bono region, due to concerns with the new voters' register and the ongoing exhibition exercise.
The flagbearer of the National Democratic Congress, John Dramani Mahama on Tuesday cut short his tour of the Bono region.
Engaging the Association of Garages at Sunyani Magazine in the Sunyani East Constituency, the flagbearer opined that the party does not have confidence in the voter’s register and doubts the December polls will be credible.
“There is so much wrong going on, the incompetence of this Electoral Commission is legendary. We have had so many elections in this country but never have we had one that the processes appear so chaotic and confused like this one.”
“There is too much anarchy and disorder, we are not sure we can have a credible register, we are not sure we can have a free and fair election. I am cutting short my tour of the Bono Region to return to Accra because of the increasing reports of challenges with the voter register and the exhibition process. We’ll address a major press conference on the issues in due course”, he added.
The Electoral Commission (EC) set September 18 to September 25 for the exhibition of the newly compiled voters register across its 33,367 centres nationwide.
The EC, despite several protests from various civil society organisations and the opposition parties, compiled a new voters’ register from June 30 to August 6, 2020.
Some 16,663,669 people registered onto the new electoral roll by the end of the exercise, although the election body projected registering 15 million eligible voters.
The NDC flagbearer last week, began a tour of the Bono region, meeting with traditional leaderships, farmer groups, party supporters, artisans, traders, institutional heads, and other stakeholders, to sell his message of re-election.
The NDC 2020 Presidential Candidate pledged to prioritize the completion of all abandoned projects, particularly in the road, education, and health sectors.
He further explained plans to modernize agriculture through improved services such as mechanization centres in all farming zones across the various districts; to support yield and income levels of farmers.
Mr. Mahama was accompanied by the NDC General Secretary Johnson Asiedu Nketia, Campaign Manager Professor Joshua Alabi, former Chief of Staff Julius Debrah, and his Special Aide Joyce Bawah Mogtari.