The National Chairman of Ghana’s main opposition party, the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Johnson Asiedu Nketiah, has addressed concerns about the upcoming presidential and parliamentary primaries, which have been challenged by one of the flagbearer aspirants, Dr. Kwabena Duffuor. Nketiah stated that the primaries are still scheduled to proceed as planned, and the party will make a decision based on the court’s ruling on Duffuor’s injunction application. The NDC had filed for an abridgement of time, and the hearing was moved up to May 12 from May 15.
Nketiah also assured the public that the party had followed all guidelines to conduct the elections and had done nothing wrong. He added that the party had extended gestures to all parties involved, but there had been no positive outcome. The court injunction filed by Duffuor’s team is related to the party’s failure to provide them with the voters’ register and a photo album to be used in the poll, which the party denies. The NDC maintains that Duffuor has been given the register, just like every other candidate.
On a related note, Nketiah recently met with Ghana’s Electoral Commission, who confirmed that they would not supervise the vote as long as there is a legal challenge yet to be resolved. Asiedu Nketiah made these comments on the Ghana Tonight programme on TV3 on May 11.