NDC must engage IPAC – Richard Ahiagbah

Director Communications of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Richard Ahiagbah has advised the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) to return to Inter-Party Advisory Committee (IPAC).

According to him, this will help the party understand all the happening at the Electoral Commission (EC).

This, he says will prevent the NDC from asking questions already answered at IPAC meeting.

His comments come on the back of claims by the members of the opposition party that the President was undermining the credibility of the EC by appointing supposed NPP activists to the commission.

“What I think is problematic is the NDC’s own constant act of shooting themselves in the foot because you deselected yourself from going to IPAC, to begin with so when decisions are made you stand outside and you are blaming everybody that well somehow you cannot be part or you are not part of the decision and therefore you go to parliament to relitigate a decision or discussion or an agreement that has passed at IPAC.

“It’s the NDC that is doing this to themselves to say that we have an institution that relatively the constitution granted the independence of that institution. It is for us as interest stakeholders to make sure that we hold the system to function the way it ought to function,” he said JoyNews’ Newsfile on Saturday.

Mr. Ahiagbah said the structure of the EC made it virtually impossible for anyone to adopt a new modus operandi in the course of performing their duty.

He insists that in an instance where is appointed to the office of the electoral body, it would be difficult to skew results in favor of the NPP.

Responding to the question on what he will do should the party mount pressure on him to act in their favor he said, “there is integrity dimension to all of the things and so if that was possible, I am sure that Charlotte Osei could have listened to calls that might have gone to her to declare the election for the NDC.”

The Director of Communications urged the NDC to have confidence in the system.

“That is the confidence they must have that we are building a democracy and we are growing to a certain point so where we have gotten to the NDC should not be entertaining that fear. They should go to IPAC to engage the conversation to say that where they do not understand something that conversation will be addressed at IPAC so everybody is comfortable,” he added.

It would be recalled that on March 20, President Akufo-Addo swore in three new members of the EC.

Dr Peter Appiahene, Salima Ahmed Tijani, and Rev Akua Ofori Boateng were inducted into office at the Jubilee House.

This has sparked a lot of controversies from Sammy Gyamfi stating that the EC has become an annex of the NPP.

Joyce Bawa Morgtari advise for the President to avoid appointments that give the impression of jobs for boys and girls and former President Mahama’s insistence that Akufo-Addo’s appointments of NPP activists to EC require amendment of Article 43.

Source: Connielove Mawutornyo Dzodzegbe 

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