Postpone May 13 presidential primaries – Duffuor petitions NDC leadership
Presidential hopeful of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) Dr Kwabena Duffuor, has petitioned the leadership of the NDC to postpone the party’s presidential and parliamentary primaries fixed for Saturday 13 May 2023.
Dr Duffuor in a letter dated 8 May 2023, signed by Kofi Kukubor, the head of research and strategy for the Duffuor campaign team and addressed to the NDC’s general secretary, notes that their demand for the postponement of the presidential primaries is premised on what they say is an incomplete and inaccurate voters register which is expected to be used for the polls.
Three candidates; Former President John Dramani Mahama, Dr Kwabena Duffour and former Mayor of Kumasi, Kojo Bonsu, are contesting for for the flagbearership slot of the NDC in the upcoming primaries.
“Upon initial review of the 220 constituencies Voters Register (Photo Album), we identified several discrepancies in the register that indicate it is both incomplete and inaccurate. Having an incomplete and inaccurate register is a significant issue when going into an election because it undermines the credibility and fairness of the election process.
“A comprehensive and accurate voter register is essential for ensuring that eligible voters are properly registered, and for preventing fraudulent activities such as multiple voting, impersonation and being refused a vote on the day of election” Duffuor’s letter to the NDC general secretary read.
“The incomplete and inaccurate Voters register has a high potential of deliberately causing an irreparable damage to the bright chances of Candidate Dr. Kwabena Duffuor- which we are unable to countenance. Considering the findings, Team Duffuor is demanding the following;
“First, postponement of the May 13th Presidential primaries. second, stakeholders meeting to establish an agreeable roadmap that will guarantee the integrity of the Voters Register. Third, clean the Voters Register within an agreeable timeframe to ensure free and fair elections” the letter further read.
Dr Duffuor concludes his letter by stating that his call for the presidential primaries to be put on hold is ultimately “to save the image of the NDC so that the party can have the credible voice to speak on national elections matters when the need arises”.
The letter of the former finance minister is copied to the elections committee of the NDC and the chairperson of the Electoral Commission (EC) of Ghana.