The National Democratic Party (NDP) has strongly advocated the need for the Electoral Commission (EC) to adopt electronic voting in the 2016 parliamentary and presidential elections to maintain peace and tranquility in the country after the polls.
The party has consequently suggested to the government to ask the Indian Government to lend that country’s electronic-voting gadgets to the EC to conduct next year’s elections, since India has successfully used e-voting in its national elections over the years.
That, according to the party, would avert over-voting, multiple voting and electoral fraud, as well as enhance the transparency of the country’s electoral system.
The NDP also supported the call for a new voters register and biometric verification voting in next year’s polls.
Mr Charles Opoku, the Deputy Youth Leader of the NDP, made this known at the inauguration of a 13-member Western Regional executive of the party in Sekondi on Sunday.
The regional executive members will steer the affairs of the party for the next four years.
They comprise Bernard Quaidoo, Regional Chairman; Alex Boateng, First Vice-Chairman; Albert Boampong, Second Vice-Chairman, and Augustine Ghansah, Secretary.
Others are Richard Bonnah, Deputy Secretary; Nii Kwei Wilson, Communications Director; Gyetuah Ampem-Tikwah, Deputy Communications Director; Christie Williams, Women’s Leader; Francisca Pokuah, First Deputy Women’s Leader, and Wilhelmina Eshun, Second Deputy Women’s Leader.
The rest are Kenneth Kwarteng, Treasurer; Joel Prince Nyamekye, Deputy Treasurer, and Michael Aidoo, Youth Leader.
Oath of allegiance
Alhaji Mohammed Frimpong, the acting General Secretary of the NDP, administered the Oath of Allegiance to the executive members and tasked them to work in unity and to assiduously mobilise more grass-roots support for the party in next year’s general election.
He said the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) could not deliver Ghanaians from abject poverty, since it condoned corruption, for which reason the electorate had lost trust in the government.
Alhaji Frimpong said the government had failed to properly administer various social interventions such as the Ghana Youth Employment and Entrepreneurial Development Agency (GYEEDA), the Savanna Accelerated Development Authority (SADA) and the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) and continued to engage in fraudulent deals, including the re-branding of state buses and the Asia Middle East Energy contract.