The stance of the People’s National Convention (PNC) on the Electoral Commission’s (EC) decision to compile a new voters’ register ahead of the 2020 general elections seems to be causing some confusion in the party.
While the National Chairman of the party, Bernard Mornah, rubbished reasons given by the EC for the urgent need of a new voters’ register, the party’s National Vice-Chairman, Henry Asante, on Thursday joined twelve other political parties to say the EC’s decision is necessary.
While some of the political parties, and by extension, the Vice-Chairman of the PNC, believe the EC has made a solid case for a new register in terms of cost, time and credibility, Bernard Mornah and the Inter-Party Coalition Against the New Voter’s Register had vowed to resist attempts to compile a new register.
Ghanaians are currently unsure what is going on in the party following the divergent views shared by the two top officials of the PNC.
Speaking on Eyewitness News, National Chairman of the PNC, Bernard Mornah denied any form of confusion in the party, adding that his decision to speak against the new electoral roll was informed by the party’s previous stance on the matter since the party’s National Executive Committee could not meet to agree on the issue.
“I am saying that I am the National Chairman, if anybody has a contrary opinion, that should be the person’s opinion. Leaders of every group are those that represent the group, not their assistants. When President Akufo-Addo speaks that means that Ghana has spoken, Bawumia cannot come and counter what he has said.”
“It is strange that the Ambassador-at-large will be giving such orders because we can all recall that not long ago, under Charlotte Osei, there was pressure for a new voters’ register in 2016, the PNC’s formal position was that a new voters’ register was unnecessary. The arguments we advanced then, are arguments that are still relevant today and that position has not changed. If it were that the position that we held in 2016 had changed, then one could have said that I was going off course but I can say on authority that the position that we presented to the Commission that was set up by the EC then chaired by the late Justice V.C.R.A.C Crabbe, our position has been that a new voters’ register is not sensible until after a population census and no population census has been done and so the PNC position cannot change,” Mr. Mornah argued.
He further insisted that: “I just did not jump to come and say that we don’t support a new voters’ register because I am Bernard Mornah, I am basing on the earlier position that the party has taken and so I am surprised that the Ambassador-at-large will give a directive to my Second Vice-Chairman to go and give a counter opinion”.