Politics of Friday, 10 June 2016
The Brong Ahafo Regional Youth Organizer of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP), Kwame Baffoe has said that comments by the campaign manager of the NPP, Peter Mac Manu stating that the party will declare results in the upcoming presidential and parliamentary polls is in the right direction.
According to him, any individual or political party who disagree with the remarks of Peter Mac Manu should leave the country.
“Leave the country if you think Mac Manu’s comments are in a bad taste and that it will bring war into the country.
There is no fence wall around the borders of the country and so the NDC who are suddenly against Mac Manu should leave peacefully so that we can have our peace of mind” he stated.
The former chairman of the Danquah-Busia-Dombo tradition has been condemned by NDC activists for stating that the party will compile and declare results in the upcoming election.
“In this election, the NPP will also declare our own results. The IGP cannot stop us. Whether you are the Electoral Commission, whether you are a police or security officer, whether you are a polling agent, whether you are a chief, you cannot stop NPP from declaring results,” Mac Manu told an NPP gathering in Takoradi in the Western region.
Some political parties have since suggested the NPP has intentions of bringing mayhem to the country with its posture towards the polls.
However, the Deputy General Secretary of the National Democratic Congress, Koku Anyidoho says the NPP will not be allowed to declare election results as the Electoral Commission is the only constitutionally mandated body to do so.
But Peter Mac Manu claims his comments were taken out of context, and what he actually meant was that the party will independently collate votes, adding that parallel collation of votes by political parties is a normal practice during elections and the NPP will not be intimidated out of it.
Kwame Baffoe believes collating of results in various polling stations should not spark chaos and violence as it has been described by a section of the public, thus, Mac Manu’s comments should be taken in good faith and not condemned.