The New Patriotic Party (NPP) has urged the National Democratic Congress (NDC) to return to the Inter-Party Advisory Committee (IPAC).
The NDC has boycotted IPAC meetings since March 2020 after the party raised questions about the posture of the Electoral Commission.
However, Director of Research and Elections of the NPP, Evans Nimako, says it is important for the opposition party to return to IPAC in order to be represented in decisions that will be of interest to all stakeholders.
“IPAC has been meeting; the New Patriotic Party has always been honouring invitations from the EC. We cannot force other parties to come or not to come, but if you check from the EC you realise that anytime IPAC has been held the party has enquired about the steps the EC has taken to invite the NDC.
“If you look at the current CI, the 91, it says that the EC must conduct continuous registration and it says also that there must be a modality committee and that committee has been formed at IPAC. We expected NDC to be part, to be around so that we can all discuss issues that will take onboard the interest of all stakeholders and this they’ve reneged. So we’ll rather continue to call on them to come back to IPAC for all parties to discuss,” he said.
On Wednesday, April 21, 2020, NDC boycotted the IPAC meeting to review the 2020 parliamentary and presidential elections.
The party said it declined the invitation by the EC because of the lack of candor, odious duplicity, and open bias that was displayed by the Jean Mensah-led EC in favor of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) in the conduct of the 2020 general elections.
Johnson Asiedu Nketia in a statement said it is the considered view of the NDC, that the current leadership of the EC who supervised the manipulation of the 2020 general elections and the stolen verdict that resulted from same, lack the integrity, credibility, and impartiality to lead any such discussions or review of the very elections they rigged.
The NDC said it has thoroughly examined the dubious role the EC played in the rigging of the 2020 general polls.