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21 July 2017

Why is NDC defending EC boss? – Ayariga asks


The leader and founder of the All People Congress (APC), Mr Hassan Ayariga has been wondering why the National Democratic Congress has jumped to the defence of the chairperson of the Electoral Commission, Charlotte Osei.

The main opposition NDC has blamed the president, Nana Akufo-Addo for recent happenings at the Electoral Commission.

According to the party, it will resist the “blackmail witch-hunting” of the head of the election management body, Charlotte Osei, who was appointed by the former president, John Mahama.

“Stay off intruding into the operations into the activities of the independent EC,” the Minority Leader Haruna Iddrisu said at a press conference organised by the NDC to assess the president’s first six months in office.

But reacting to the comments by the NDC, Mr Ayariga said: “My concern is I don’t understand why the NDC is defending EC boss and asking the president not to do witch-hunting.”

“I have read the letter or the petition that some group of EC workers sent to the President. I read many of the allegations and I assume that if all these allegations are true, then its very serious…” he told Accra-based Class FM.
“We are told that the EC Chair used Ghc4million to renovate her residence, I think it is on the higher side, without even the approval of the commission, I think it is abuse of power. And then they made mention of she using $4million to award a contract to a company that is associated with her, that is also abuse of power, if it is true.”

“But my concern here is that, I don’t understand why the NDC as a party, and a group of members of the NDC are defending the EC boss and asking the President not to do witch-hunting…” he said.








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