19 December 2012

Ghana: NPP March for Justice Today

Kumasi — SUPPORTERS OF the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) will hit the streets of Kumasi this morning, as part of ongoing protests against the Electoral Commission, over results of the presidential elections.

The party is expected to paint the city with red, blue and white colours, in yet another move to express its displeasure at the EC for the alleged manipulation of the presidential results.

The supporters are expected to gather at various vantage points in the city during the procession, before converging finally at Abbey's Park, Ash Town, where they will be addressed by the leadership of the party.

The Ashanti Regional Chairman of the party, Mr. Frederick Fredua Antoh, told The Chronicle in an interview that they would first march to the Regional Headquarters of the EC to present a formal petition to the electoral body.

He noted that upon second thought, the party will no longer petition the Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, as initially planned, as they would wish to keep the Kingdom out of the current political impasse.

Mr. Antoh said the party had ample evidence to justify its position that the election was rigged in favour of the ruling party, adding that the evidence would be presented to Ghanaians at the appropriate time.

The NPP regional chairman indicated that he has lots of evidence from some constituencies in the Ashanti Region that attest to the fact that figures of the presidential candidate of the NDC, President John Mahama, was hugely manipulated, whilst in some cases that of the NPP was reduced.

According to him, though electoral officers at these polling stations where these anomalies took place had admitted to the cheating, they were unwilling to rectify them, a situation which gives him the impression that the EC was up to something fishy.

"I am very surprised that after the said EC official admitted to the discrepancies in the figures given to Nana Addo on the blue sheet and the one actually recorded during the coalition, he still refused to rectify it," he pointed out.

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