Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, the 2016 Presidential Candidate of the New Patriotic Party,  has said the fact of having non-Ghanaians on the voters register, who eventually have a say as to who Ghana's president should be, must no longer be countenanced by Ghanaians.

Evidence gathered

According to Nana Akufo-Addo, the evidence gathered by the NPP, which shows that Ghana’s biometric voters register contains the names of thousands of foreign nationals, is indicative of the fact that the electoral roll is fundamentally flawed and unfit for its purpose in 2016.

"We don't want a West African election, we want a Ghanaian election. We only want an election of Ghanaian people who are entitled to vote,” he stressed.

The NPP flag bearer made this known when the NPP parliamentary candidates for Gomoa West, Alex Kojo Abban,  Bongo, Gabriel Nsoh Agana,  Mfantseman Ekow Quansah Hayford, and  Bantama,  Daniel Okyem Aboagye,  paid separate courtesy calls on him at his Nima residence last Thursday, to introduce themselves formally to him following their respective victories in the June 13 parliamentary primaries.

Towards ensuring that a new voters register is compiled for 2016, Nana Akufo-Addo stated, "The NPP will continue to agitate peacefully, and advocate a new voters register for 2016. At the end of the day, the Electoral Commission will have to look at our evidence, do what is right, and do what the people of Ghana are demanding."

Nana Akufo-Addo expressed wonder as to why the ruling National Democratic Congress  (NDC) party, led by its General Secretary, had taken upon itself the role of "chief advocate for the Electoral Commission, an independent body.”

NDC actions

These actions by the NDC, however, according to him, will not deter the NPP from stressing the need for Ghana to have a new, credible voters register that must be compiled in time for the 2016 general election.

“We will not be perturbed [by the actions of the NDC]. We want a register that is fit for its purpose. We don't want an 'ECOWAS register,'" Nana Akufo-Addo maintained.

The ‘fight’ being put up to ensure that a new voters register is not compiled for the 2016 election, Nana Akufo-Addo said, was indicative of the fact that "President Mahama and his NDC party will not want to let go of power easily".

Mahama government

The Mahama government, in the opinion of the NPP flag bearer, was more preoccupied with how to win the next election to the detriment of the next generation, adding,  “Their only concern is not the forward movement of our country, but how to perpetuate their stay in power for their own personal gains.”

In spite of this, Nana Akufo-Addo said he was confident about his party’s chances in the 2016 election, because: “Ghanaians have come to realise that there is no other party in Ghana capable of delivering progress and prosperity but the NPP. Our track record, under President Kufuor’s government, from 2001 to 2009, is unmatched, and the reason Ghanaians are desperate for change in 2016, so we can resume our work of progress and development.”

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