May 5, 2012

The Member of Parliament for Ablekuma North, Justice Joe Appiah has defended the registration of nearly 30 people bearing his residential address in the just ended biometric voter registration exercise.

According to him, the people live in his house and as such they had the right to use his residential address during the registration process.

The National Democratic Congress (NDC) Party in the Ablekuma North constituency led by its Parliamentary Candidate Ras Mubarak raised red flags after finding out from the print out of the electoral roll that this huge number of voters used the same residential address as that of the MP, a situation that they reckon is smacks of illegality and must be thoroughly investigated.

Ras Mubarak contends that there is no way that the plush 5 bedroom residence of the MP could accommodate 30 people and thus intends to petition the Electoral Commission to look into the matter, vowing that the Ablekuma North NDC constituency will follow the case to its logical conclusion.

However speaking on OKAY FM on Monday, Hon. Justice Joe Appiah insisted that all the people concerned live in his 10 bedroom house, with some of them who his workers are living there with their families.

“I find it difficult to understand the noise about this issue, I as a family man and a likable person have so many people living in my house, my watchman and other people have their people living in my house and so if they are to register which address do you want them to use’’ he retorted.

He urged the NDC party in the area to desist from spewing out lies that have the potential of affecting the peace in that area and rather concentrate on how to close the over 17,000 margin of votes which he led the NDC in the last election, adding that the margin is going to increase further in the December election.

Hon. Appiah added that the NDC will pay dearly for the lies churned out as the very discerning people of Ablekuma North do not reward lies and dishonesty.

Kwadwo Anim/