The EC has said it believes allegations being made against it by opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) are calculated to discredit the ongoing registration process and bring the name of the Commission into disrepute.
According to the Commission, allegations regarding the prevention of NDC agents from observing registration in some schools in the Ashanti Region are not true as it denied preventing any party agent from observing the exercise.
Narrating the incidence as occured in Tepa Secondary School, the Commission had deployed 16 kits for the Registration on the schools campus.
The Commission had further mentioned that school authorities agreed with both NPP and NDC to allow only two agents into the schools campus to monitor the exercise. An arrangement the NDC was dissatisfied with midway into the registration and requested to increase its agents on the school’s campus. A situation according to the statement that led to the school authorities calling in security agents to restore calm.
“The school authorities opposed the idea as they felt that it would increase the number of persons present. In the wake of the disagreement, the School authorities called in the security agents who restored calm. The registration process continued thereafter. No person present was intimidated or brutalized as is being alleged,” it stated.
In the case of Prempeh College, the Commission had delayed the exercise for 5 hours, resulting in its commencement at 1 pm, because it was waiting for the NDCs representation, despite notifying the parties ahead of the scheduled registration in the schools.
“Representatives of the NDC came to the Centre at 5.00 pm, after only one hundred and twenty-nine (129) out of over one thousand (1,000) eligible Applicants had been registered. They called for the registration process to be halted due to the fact that their Agents were not present. The process was halted to forestall unrest to the peaceful exercise”.
The Commission entreated the General Public to disregard the allegations and work with the Commission to make the Registration Exercise successful.