Dr. Kwabena Duffuor, a flagbearer hopeful of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) has discontinued its suit against the party for the infractions contained in the photo album of the party.
After court proceedings Friday, May 12, 2023, counsel for the NDC, Abraham Amaliba, told journalists “we are aware the matter had been discontinued. Lawyers for Dr. Duffuor announced to the court that they had instructions to discontinue the matter so as we speak the matter has been discontinued.”
The campaign team of Dr. Duffuor demanded postponement of the May 13 Presidential and Parliamentary Primaries and asked that the anomalies be rectified before the polls take place.
A petition sent to the Electoral Commission and Election Committee of the NDC on May 8, 2023, under the signature Kofi Kukubor Head of Research and Strategy of the campaign team stated that an extensive review of the voters register or photo album for the 220 constituencies have identified several discrepancies that render the register inaccurate.
The campaign team said going into the election with such register was going to undermines the credibility and integrity of the election and was capable of causing irreparable damage to the flagbearer hopeful, Dr.Kwabena Duffuor, and therefore demanded the following:
1. Postponement of the May 13 Presidential Primary;
2. Stakeholders meeting to establish an agreeable roadmap that will guarantee the integrity of the voters register;
3. Clean the register within an agreeable time frame to ensure free and fair election;
4. To save the image of the NDC so that the party can have a credible voice to speak on national election matters when the need arises.
Dr. Duffuor has said earlier that the May 13 Presidential primary must be free ,fair and transparent to ensure unity after the elections.
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Speaking on Agoo FM at Nkawkaw Friday, May 5, 2023, to wrap up his 4-day campaign tour to the Eastern region, he said inaccessibility to the final compiled register a week to the polls was disturbing.
He backed his campaign team’s petition to the Electoral Commission on this regard.
“Today is 5th May, we are are going to the polls on 13th May but we have not received the register which is going to be used for the election. So my campaign team is demanding for the release of the register. We have written to the party so we are waiting for them. There are rules and regulations about any election. My name could be conspicuously missing during the day of the election. What will I do in that situation? Am I going to fight or what? No! Reason we want to get access to the register to ensure that all qualified delegates are on the register,” Dr Duffuor lamented.
The former Finance Minister and Governor of the Bank of Ghana asked “why is the register not out? If this happened in National elections and it is just a week ahead what would they have done. We are not litigating. We just want to have access to the register to ensure every qualified delegate’s name is on the register so we go to the polls to vote fairly and peacefully. I am praying that they do the right things.
Nonetheless, he called on his supporters to remain calm and be peaceful to ensure unity in the NDC after the election to enable the party defeat the ruling New Patriotic Party in the 2024 general elections.
Dr. Duffuor is contesting the Presidential Primaries with former President John Mahama and former Mayor of Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly, Kojo Bonsu.
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