Political Parties Outside Parliament (PPOP) have responded to the numerous Press Conferences held by the largest opposition party, the NDC to cast aspersions on their credibility.
According to PPOP, the persistent condemnation by the NDC of political parties that expressed support for the compilation of the 2020 new voters register at a joint IPAC and Eminent Advisory Committee meeting exposed NDC as a Sore Loser.
Addressing a Press Conference in Accra yesterday, Spokesperson for the Political Parties, Alhaji Mohammed Frimpong of the National Democratic Party (NDP) indicated that the NDC at a 2-day workshop in 2015 at Alisa Hotel political parties purportedly supported the NDC rejection of new voter register under Madam Charlotte Osei.
“How “fia-fia” were the political parties then? It is common knowledge that in a democracy obsession with desire for power does not translate into an entitlement when all parties must subject themselves to rules and process.”
He averred that Ghana has made and continues to make great strides into its electoral process and the 2020 presidential and parliamentary elections came off with tremendous achievements and prospects but with unfortunate security setbacks resulting in the very regrettable loss of lives of some compatriots.
He noted that, in view of that all stakeholders of IPAC undertook to review the 2020 presidential and parliamentary elections with the view to fashioning out adequate road map of sustaining the gains, and eliminating any short coming in order to deepen Ghana’s electoral and democratic process.
He said the NDC boycotted the IPAC Meeting with reasons that the inequitable voting rights at IPAC debates and denigrating other parties outside parliament.
This, he noted, contradicts the tendency and attitude of the NDC in the recent past when it rallied support of other parties to advance many objectives of the NDC.
“Today the NDC would call other Parties worthless but it forgets that it has pulled its own archival political parties as part of its voice, namely EGLE and Reform Party. Not long ago the venerable Ghana Freedom Party Presidential Candidate, Madam AkuaDonkor, acted as the NDC Policy oracle and was prominent in the NDC Presidential entourage to Senchi forum as well as on foreign trips which included same allied Political Party Leaders, namely, Gyataba, AkwasiAddaiOdike, Bernard Morna, etc. What has changed now for this new position of seeking equity in voting at IPAC demanded by the NDC? In keeping with a sound pluralistic atmosphere, the participation by other political parties outside parliament has been and continues to be beneficial in nurturing our multiparty participatory Democracy”
According to these political parties, any intolerable impediments to widening the frontiers of participation of the citizenry and other political parties must not be accepted in the era of information technology and demand for national accountability.
They also pointed out that the arguments the NDC advanced in its supposed alternate reforms could have been better stated and shared at IPAC and not outside and that to consider its boycott of IPAC as temporary and to rejoin at any future date will just be a ploy to attract undeserved public attention.
Political Parties outside parliament appealed to the NDC to place their wisdom gourd on their back so they can all together reach the zenith of democracy for the peace and development of their people.