August 28, 2012

The Member of Parliament for Okere, Hon. Dan Botwe has condemned the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) for unduly manipulating the Electoral Commission (EC) for the creation of 45 new constituencies in the country.

The MP alluded that, the NDC government with its bad intentions has forcefully masterminded their way to have the EC create the new constituencies even though they (NDC) know the much anticipated December general elections draw near.

“It is a clear case of manipulation by the NDC government on the EC to create new constituencies at a bad time of election year,” the MP stated.

Hon. Dan Botwe was reacting to a statement made by a Deputy Local Government Minister, Elvis Afriyie Ankrah on radio XYZ to rebuke former President Kuffour’s statement after he (Kuffour) described the EC’s action to create new constituencies as “not sensible”.

Former President Kuffour on Saturday during the NPP’s campaign launch at Mantse Agbona in Accra cautioned the EC not to gamble the country’s peace with the creation of the new constituencies.

However in a counter statement, Mr. Elvis Afriyie Ankrah however labeled President Kuffour’s statement as a “threat” to the EC and Ghana as a whole and must therefore be called to order.

According to him, the EC is operating within the confines of the law without fear or favour, adding that the said Legislative Instrument (LI) has been used by past governments for the creation new constituencies including Ex- President Kuffour himself.

“Is this not the same regulation that made President Kuffour create 30 new constituencies and nobody complained?” he quizzed.

Emmanuel Frimpong Mensah/