The New Patriotic Party has expressed doubt about the readiness of the Electoral Commission (EC) for November’s elections.
According to the NPP’s 2016 Campaign Manager, Peter Mac Manu, the EC’s slow pace had made organising the elections on the planned November date less feasible.
Peter Mac Manu made the comments at the public forum on the Constitutional Amendment Bill in Accra.
The EC only recently put forward the necessary legislative instruments which would allow for the elections to be held on November 7 instead of the usual December 7 date.
However, the Mac Manu argues that despite this, the EC has been unable to address several other important issues which could hinder preparations towards the elections with just under four months to go.
“CI75 in the offing which is regulations on elections, that is on the table for amendment, when is it to mature so that it can take effect for the upcoming elections looking at the date and that even when the amendment is passed by Parliament you will still need a CI which will also take another 21 days,” Mac Manu said.
“Are we ready for that? These are issues but I can assure you that the NPP is ready for the election any day and any time,” he added
The National Democratic Congress (NDC) has said that it has no issues with the bill seeking to change the election date and will comply with any outcome as they don’t believe it will offer any political advantage.
The NDC was represented by its General Secretary Johnson Asiedu Nketia who was recently appointed chairman of the party’s presidential campaign team.
The public forum was organised by the Constitutional, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs committee of Parliament to solicit the input of the public on the new legislation on change of the election date.
However, some embers of the Committee are upset about the absence of any representative of the Electoral Commission at the Forum.
By: Edwin Kwakofi/ghanadecides.com/Ghana