NPP doubts EC's readiness for November polls

The NPP’s 2016 Campaign Manager, Peter Mac Manu made this known at the public forum on the Constitutional Amendment Bill in Accra.

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The forum is being held by the Constitutional, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs committee of Parliament to solicit the input of stakeholders and the public on the new legislation on change of the election date.

Speaking at the forum, the NPP’s campaign manager said even though it will be ideal for the elections to be held in November, the EC is yet to solve some major issues that will ensure smooth and peaceful elections.

“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. 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,” Mac Manu said.

On his part, the General Secretary of the National Democratic Congress, Johnson Asiedu Nketia said the party has no qualms with the outcome of the bill which seeks to change the date of the election.

According to him, no political party will be advantaged or disadvantaged from a change in date.

The Electoral Commission, in October 2015, announced plans to organise the general elections on November 7 instead of December 7.

The move was to enable the Commission to organize a run-off in case no presidential candidate is able to secure the 50%-plus-one vote needed for a first round victory.

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