June 14, 2024
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NDC will return to IPAC if it is reverted to its advisory role – Asiedu Nketia

The Chairman of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Johnson Asiedu Nketia, says the party is willing to join the Inter-Party Advisory Committee (IPAC) meetings should it be reverted to its original role.

Speaking on PM Express on JoyNews, Mr Nketia noted that to the NDC, IPAC is currently non-existent since the input and advice offered by the committee to the Electoral Commission falls on deaf ears.

“The political parties that have been attending IPAC, are they not the ones who are joining us now in court against what the Electoral Commission has done? They went to IPAC, learned about what to do with this voter’s registration and everything they decided upon, the Electoral Commission came out to announce the opposite.”

“Everything you do, there must be an objective, there must be a motive. If the motive behind IPAC is for us to go and seek consensus, and you have come to the conclusion that consensus cannot be sought at the IPAC, you are wasting your time going to sit there,” Mr Nketia said.

He noted that if the EC will have IPAC be the consensus-building forum the NDC will not shy away from attending meetings to contribute to discussions for a better Ghana.

“If you are calling us to school, it means we are going to study. If you go to school and then you don’t study anything, would you continue going there and your parents be paying the school fees? No. That’s the reason why IPAC was established. So let us go back and use the IPAC to be building the consensus. But if IPAC is not going to be used to build consensus, then that meeting is not IPAC.”

The NDC has boycotted IPAC meetings since March 2020 after the party raised questions about the posture of the Electoral Commission.

Meanwhile, the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) has appealed to the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) to return to the Inter-Party Advisory Committee (IPAC).

The Director of Research and Elections of the NPP, Evans Nimako, says it is important for the opposition party to return to IPAC in order to be represented in decisions that will be of interest to all stakeholders.

“IPAC has been meeting; the New Patriotic Party has always been honouring invitations from the EC. We cannot force other parties to come or not to come, but if you check from the EC you realise that anytime IPAC has been held the party has enquired about the steps the EC has taken to invite the NDC.

“If you look at the current CI, the 91, it says that the EC must conduct continuous registration and it says also that there must be a modality committee and that committee has been formed at IPAC. We expected NDC to be part, to be around so that we can all discuss issues that will take onboard the interest of all stakeholders and this they’ve reneged. So we’ll rather continue to call on them to come back to IPAC for all parties to discuss,” he said.

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