‘IPAC Now Made of Dead Political Parties Exhumed by EC Bosses’- Mahama

‘IPAC Now Made of Dead Political Parties ‘IPAC Now Made of Dead Political Parties

Flagbearer of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), John Dramani Mahama, has once taken on theJean Mensa-led Electoral Commission (EC), accusing it of destroying the good relationship and teamwork which existed between the commission and the Inter-Party Advisory Council (IPAC).

IPAC, is now made up of dead political parties exhumed by EC bosses and brought on board to give semblance of consensus and network.

He also described the relationship between the EC and IPAC, as hostile, and doubted the possibility of the 2020 general elections being held without chaos, since Jean Mensa, has failed to build the consensus needed for a credible election.

Speaking on Woezor TV on Saturday, October 17, 2020, Mr Mahama, said he expects the December 7 polls to be fraught with irregularities.

"I can anticipate some chaos on the election day. People will not find their names here and there. I have been an MP before and I know how these happen. I have also warned about the BVRs and how they will perform, we do not know"

"Elections are about consensus, we build a consensus and we move on. That is why the IPAC is very important. Now, the IPAC is like an enemy to the EC. The EC has gone to resurrect a lot of dead bodies and added them to IPAC so that they can be the majority and bulldoze their way through. On the day of the election, if the thing backfires, it will fall on you."

John Mahama, further alleged that the EC, has transferred competent people who worked with the Charlotte Osei-led EC.

"Those three commissioners have a mind of their own. They are doing things how they want. I hear that a lot of people who are very capable and are technically competent, because they served under Charlotte Osei administration, have been transferred out to the districts. This is why I have doubted the competence of this commission. I have no confidence in the EC", he stated.

Ghana goes to the polls to elect a President and Members of Parliament on December 7, 2020.

It will be the country's eighth successive general election, since the resumption of multiparty democracy in 1992.

Earlier, Mr Mahama at Abura, reiterated his earlier warning that his party would not accept the results of aflawed electoral process, while addressing NDC supporters on Thursday as part of his five-day campaign tour of the Central Region.

The NDC leader, said the EC from all indication has set out toorganise a flawed election.

"We are not trouble makers. We want to make sure that all of us believe in this election sothat if you win or lose, you are prepared to accept. But when we complain, they think thatwe are just causing trouble. This can lead this nation to chaos because I said it, onDecember 7 when this election is flawed, we will not accept it. Who accepts a flawedelection? Nobody. And everything the electoral commission is doing is showing that we areheading to a flawed election," MrMahama noted.

He said the new voters roll, according to the EC, is supposed to eliminate manualverification but indications are that the December 7 general elections will have more manualverification of voters than any election.

"And when we talk everybody is quiet, and if something untoward happens, then they willsay it is this person's fault but we have given enough warning signal that the electoralcommission is creating problems", MrMahama added.

He said the EC now treats the Inter-party IPAC as enemy instead ofseeing it as a partner for the conduct of free and fair elections.

Mr Mahama, said Ghana is a peaceful country and the NDC as a peaceful party will not doanything to upset the democracy of Ghana, adding "but there is a limit to how far you canpush a person and I am saying we will not accept a flawed election".

The former president, therefore urged civil society organisations and other stakeholders to beinterested in demanding a free and fair elctoral process ahead of the December 7 elections.

He also repeated his earlier call for international observers to come into the country wayahead of time to join domestic observers to observe the electoral process.

He also charged NDC activists, supporters and footsoldiers to police the ballot boxat their various polling stations to ensure that the process is not disrupted on election day, and defend their votes to make sure every single one counts.

Source: www.theheraldghana.com