CDD worried over stalemate
The Center for Democratic Development (CDD) has expressed worry over the New Patriotic Party´s attempts to stall the nation´s political transition through legal means.
A statement by the Center signed by its Executive Director, Professor E. Gyimah-Boadi, noted that although the legal action was within the party´s right, a legal victory for he NPP would not overturn political and electoral mandate of the December 28 poll. It advised that the NPP conceding defeat after today´s Tain election was best for the nation´s democratic credentials and the party´s credibility. “This action will help move the country´s democratic process forward”, the statement stressed.
Meanwhile, the Ghana Trade Union Congress (TUC) has urged the Electoral Commission (EC) to speed up the process of auditing results in some constituencies in the Ashanti Region and investigations into alleged electoral malpractices in the Volta Region to ensure that the next President is sworn into office on January 7. It said, the auditing and investigations which have been necessitated by complaints from the National Democratic Congress (NDC) and the New Patriotic Party (NPP), respectively, ought to be completed in time to meet the demands of the constitutional process transfer of executive power to the newly elected President.
The TUC in a press statement signed by its Secretary General, Kofi Asamoah in Accra on Wednesday, commended the Ghanaians and all stakeholders for cooperating with the EC in ensuring a relatively peaceful run-off. “This demonstrates that we, as one people, have confidence in the EC and respect its integrity”, the statement added.
It also expressed the hope that the election in the Tain constituency today will be conducted in a peaceful and transparent manner with the contesting parties accepting the final results the commission would declare at the end. The TUC was saddened by the alleged irregularities and malpractices especially in the Ashanti and Volta Regions, and condemned the acts of violence, intimidation and lawlessness by misguided and misled party activities and supporters. The Union commended the EC for the mature manner it announced the run-off results on Tuesday.
Source: The Ghanaian Times, Friday January 2nd 2009, No. 15,607