The Tamale Central MP has made claims that the New Patriotic Party has scripted how they will manipulate systems right after winning elections in 2016.
Inusah Fusseini comments come after the Supreme Court ruled against the National Democratic Congress saying that the Electoral Commission as an independent body is allowed to go ahead with the compilation of a new voters’ register.
However, there has since been confusion over whether the Supreme Court stated the use of the existing voters’ ID cards or completely new ones.
Consequentially, the flag-bearer of the NDC, John Mahama has said that the Supreme Court’s ruling indicates that the ruling party, NPP is controlling the scene behind closed doors.
Speaking on the Super Morning Show, Friday, Inusah Fuseini, exclaimed that the Commission is being influenced by “powers larger than life who are seeking to achieve a desired and predetermined result.”
“I have no doubt that what is happening in Ghana is scripted and it is scripted by the NPP. They started the process [of manipulating the EC] long before they won elections. When they won elections, they thought it over, started it, and knew what they wanted to do if they were given the mandate.”
He accused the National Identity Authority (NIA) of spearheading the task to force the hands of the Electoral Commission.
“When they were given the mandate, the first perceptible attempt in manipulating who gets onto the register was spearheaded by the NIA. Members of the constitutional, legal and parliamentary affairs committee met the NIA to consider and propose amendments to the NIA Act.”
“In the discussions of the primary documents that was submitted to the committee, in everything that happened between the committee and the NIA, no mention was made of the removal of the ID voter’s card,” the legislator said.
“But somehow they got a report, the report eluded members of parliament and in that report they didn’t recommend the removal of the ID voters card.”
Inusah Fuseini claimed that the EC was made to make a U-turn on their initial comments on not wanting to use the National Identity cards for voting identification because they later recanted their position on the matter.
“The EC said that there was no way that they were going to use the National Identification card because they don’t have timelines but the EC have timelines. This is a statement of fact made by the EC.”
“Then somehow they said no, we are going to use the NIA card, nevermind that it never completed. So who is it that is rewriting and reversing decisions made by the EC,” he added.
However, the Head of the NIA, Ken Attafuah who responded to Inusah Fuseini disputed the claims.
“I was there when the NIA appeared before the parliamentary committee, they asked all the requisite necessary questions,” he said speaking on the show.
“The report that emanated from the committee through the floor of parliament to the plenary contained words to the effect that we are satisfied that ample provision has been made in the draft bill to cater for the circumstances of those Ghanaians who may lack either one of the two primary documents, that is a birth certificate or a valid passport.”
Ken Attafuah explained that Inusah Fuseini among others, including some people from the NPP, supported the amendment made in the NIA Act as it was welcomed with praise. However, the NDC made a u-turn saying they can change their mind as a party.
“The NDC made a u-turn in terms of their support for the amendment. They sought to distinguish between the NDC functional executive leadership and the NDC in parliament.”
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