The Inter-Party Resistance against the New Voter Register has described as fraud purported support for the replacement of the current voter register by some political parties.
According to the Inter-Party Resistance, claims that the UPP, UFP, CPP, PPP and GCPP support the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) and the Electoral Commission (EC) is a lie.
The group, in a press statement, stressed these parties have not authorized anyone to represent them in any forum to declare support for the compilation of a new biometric register.
An alliance dubbed Coalition of Political Parties in support of the Electoral Commission (EC) led by the ruling NPP on Thursday January 9, expressed support for the compilation of a new register.
At a press conference addressed by Kofi Akpaloo, the Founder and leader of the Liberal Party of Ghana (LPG), he claimed the Coalition includes 13 political parties.
The Inter-Party Resistance, however, argued the UPP, UFP, CPP, PPP and the GCPP will never support such fraudulent and mischievous approach to deceive and mislead Ghanaians.
It accused the ruling NPP, the EC and the group in support of the new register of deception and working to perpetuate a grand fraud on the country.
Read the full text of the statement below
INTER-PARTY RESISTANCE AGAINST THE NEW VOTER REGISTER
It has come to the attention of the resistance that a group of politicians led by one Kofi Akpaloo have fraudulently put a group of political parties together purporting to rally support for the NPP and the Electoral Commission in the matter of the replacement of the 7 year old biometric voter register.
We want to place on record as a matter of importance that the following (UPP, UFP, CPP, PPP, GCPP) parties have not authorised anyone to represent them in any forum or press conference to declare support for the compilation of a new biometricregister.
The above parties have not, will not and shall never support such fraudulent and mischievous approach to deceive and mislead the people of Ghana in the manner that the NPP, the EC and these group of fraudulent politicians are working to perpetuate this grand fraud on the good people of Ghana.
We want to state for the record that the above parties represented by their leadership have publicly decried our abhorrence for the recalcitrant behaviour of the EC in the matter of the replacement of the biometric register.
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We have since issued public statements indicating our dissatisfaction on the conduct of the EC and that matter our rejection of the proposal to replace the biometric voters register.
On Monday, the 6thof January, 2020 we joined forces with three (3) other parties under the umbrella group of the Inter-Party Resistance against the New voters register to make our case to the people and also announce our intention to embark on series of public manifestations across the country under the YENPENE declaration, the first of which comes off in Tamale the 11thof January 2020 at 6am prompt. The converging point will be the Tamale jubilee park.
Whiles at it, we want to express our disquiet about the wanton abuse of state media (Daily Graphic and Ghanaian Times) to perpetuate this grand fraud. This morning, we saw on the front pages of these state media, a publication that “13 parties supports the EC’s New register” including our parties mentioned above. This we consider a very sinister move to mislead the public in an attempt to whitewash the lonely path taken by the NPP and the EC to replace the biometric voters’ register.
We wish to call out the editorial team of these two state-owned newspapers to be circumspect in the kind of stories they give prominence to on their front pages and should commit to work on improving the already worn-out image of the newspaper.
We want to use this opportunity to invite the media, civil and moral society to join us in this historic move to reject political oppression, Electoral fraud, wasteful expenditure and the compilation of a new biometric voter register.
We must stand up and be counted. We must rise in our collectively to protect our democracy and the integrity of our electoral process.
Long live the Resistance Long live Ghana
Aluta continua!! Victoria Ascerta!!
Dr. Nana Agyenin Boateng Founder and Leader,UFP
Chief Bukari Kuoro General Secretary Ag., UPP
Desmond Nana Ntow National Organiser, PNC