June 23, 2024
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Ignore EC’s gerrymandering tactics; monitor votes transfer exercise – NDC to its agents

The National Democratic Congress (NDC) has vehemently opposed the directive issued by the Electoral Commission (EC), urging its agents to disregard the EC’s instruction not to allow political party representatives to monitor the ongoing votes transfer exercise.

The NDC argues that this directive could potentially facilitate gerrymandering through unlawful voter transfers, undermining the integrity of the electoral process.

The EC recently issued a directive to its Regional Directors, instructing them to inform District Directors that agents of political parties will not be permitted to observe the ongoing transfer of votes. 

This directive is scheduled to come into effect on Monday, June 3.

In a memo obtained by MyJoyOnline.com, the EC stated that this decision was made in response to several clashes that have transpired at its district offices, aiming to maintain order and security during the process.

However, the NDC has strongly contested this directive, urging its agents nationwide to defy and dismiss the EC’s directive. 

The party has instructed all its structures, especially regional and constituency secretariats, to deploy NDC agents to all district offices of the EC to closely monitor the voter transfer exercise.

“Political party agents play an important role in promoting transparency, and deepening confidence in our electoral system, so the actions of the EC must enhance the important role of political party agents, and not seek to diminish it.”

“In our view, an insistence on this directive by the Electoral Commission can only be in furtherance of the suspected devious and sinister agenda of the Commission to manipulate the processes leading to the 2024 elections.”

“The National Democratic Congress therefore hereby calls on all its agents across the country to defy and disregard this outrageous directive by the Electoral Commission.”

“All structures of the party, particularly Regional and Constituency Secretariats, are hereby directed to deploy NDC agents to all district offices of the EC to closely monitor the ongoing voter transfer exercise,” an excerpt of the statement said.

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