The National Organiser of the New Patriotic Party has denied claims by the National Democratic Congress (NDC) that the governing party is conniving with the Electoral Commission to insert the name of one of its aspirants into the Assin North voters register ahead of the by-election.
Henry Nana Boakye, popularly known as Nana B, on JoyNews’ PM Express said the allegation was false since neither the party nor the aspirants have filed for his name in the voters register to be moved.
On Sunday, the NDC in a statement made the assertion that an NPP aspirant Charles Opoku is not a registered voter in the Assin North Constituency, adding that the “illegal” move will help the aspirant contest in the NPP parliamentary primaries to select a candidate for the Assin North by-election.
This, they stated, is against the requirement that a candidate in an election must be a registered voter of the said constituency.
However, citing portions of the 1992 constitution, Nana B said his comrades in the opposition were wrong.
“When I read the press statement I was surprised it was coming from a big opposition part because according to the 1992 constitution, you do not have to be a registered voter in the constituency you want to contest before you become eligible to contest. You have to be a registered voter and the man in question is a registered voter.
“He hails from that constituency, in fact, both candidates are from Assin Breku and they are far and above 21 years, they are all Ghanaians, they don’t hold dual citizenship with emphasis on dual citizenship,” he said on Monday.
Considering these, Nana B believed the NDC statement “lacked deep thinking”.
Similarly, the Electoral Commission has denied the allegation, explaining that a person does not need to be a registered voter in a particular constituency to enable him or her to contest elections in that constituency.
NPP delegates of Assin North will on Wednesday, June 7, head to the polls to decide between two candidates who would be the NPP representative in the upcoming by-election slated for June 27.
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