For the first time in the political history of Ghana, The Electoral Commission will have to conduct two separate Balloting Exercises for both Presidential And Parliamentary Aspirants for the December polls.
According to The Commission, the action became necessary due to the court cases it has to deal with. Deputy Chairman In Charge Of Operations Amadu Sulley, in an interview with XYZ News, said,,The Commission is left with no choice than to make do with this method.
He stressed that, the parliamentary slots, secured by political parties, is not likely to go in tandem with their Presidential Candidates. This means that, a different balloting will have to be done for The Presidential slots.
The Deputy Chairman further discounted assertions that, the method will have an adverse effect on voting.
Some political party representatives shared their opinion on the matter. According to The Acting General Secretary of the New Patriotic Party, John Boadu, this should be a wake-up call for The Electoral Commission.
He stressed that The EC, must streamline its activities properly to avert some of these occurrences. Touching on the party’s fifth position on the ballot paper, he said, that signifies strength and resilience on the field of play hence The NPP is enthused.
But General Secretary of the ruling NDC Johnson Asiedu Nketia, said, placing third on the ballot paper is a good omen for their party, citing biblical quote “John Chapter 3 Verses 16 to butress his claims.
The GCPP comes first on the parliamentary ballot slot, followed by the PPP, the NDC, UPP, NPP, NDPand The IPP in that order.
The Convention People’s Party was absent but The EC said, it will use the oder of the filing of Presidential Normination forms to determine the placement of The CPP.
In a related development, an Accra High Court Judge Presided over by Justice Eric Kyei-Baffour, has adjourned the case involving The EC and the two political parties regarding the disqualification of those parties from the Presidential race to Tuesday October 25.
Source: radioxyzonline.com/Ibrahim Obeng-Mensah