The Director of elections for the National Democratic Congress (NDC) Elvis Afriyie Ankrah has kicked against the reform proposals by the Jean Mensah-led Electoral Commission, saying it is a calculated attempt to rig the 2024 elections in favour of the NPP.
Contributing to the conversation on the EC’s electoral reforms on Morning Update on TV XYZ, the former Sports Minister pointed to a lot of loopholes in the ECs proposals and argued there is no need to change the time of closure of polls from 5 pm to 3 pm because the time for the closure of polls at 5 pm possesses no danger to electorates since the beginning of the Fourth Republic in 1992.
Mr. Ankrah stated that the change of time for closing polls ahead of the 2024 elections will fuel tension and confusion in the country owing to the fact that the EC often fails to send electoral materials to voting centers on time on election day.
He also observed the duration of polls, when changed as suggested by the EC, will prevent many voters from casting their ballot in the supposed strongholds of the NDC as well as disenfranchising voters living in hard-to-reach areas across the country.
“On the Voting day, most villagers go to farm for foodstuffs for their survival before coming back to vote so how can such proposed time favour them?” he asked
“We were in this country where the EC came out to say, the elections will be declared within 24hours but the world witnessed what transpired in the declaration of ECs error infested results,” he added as pointing to the numerous mistakes the EC made in the publication of the presidential results.
By Odoom Lawrence|Myxyzonline.com