February 17, 2016

Member of Parliament for La Dadekotopon, Nii Amasah Namoale has urged Pressure group Let My Vote Count Alliance, (LMVCA) to desist from their habit of always accusing certain individuals appointed to play a role in the upcoming 2016 general election of bias.

According to him, the pressure group has a penchant for questioning the neutrality of persons assigned by the Electoral Commission to see to free and fair polls, an attitude he roundly condemned.

The LMVCA which protested over the biasness of some panel members of a five-member team engaged to hold a two-day public hearing on the compilation of the Voters’ Register in October 2015, has once again questioned the neutrality of some persons who are members of a 10-member National Election Steering Committee put together to ensure a smooth and peaceful 2016 elections.

The group has named Dr. Karl Mark Arhin, who it claims is a card-bearing member of the ruling NDC and was until recently the ruling party’s Deputy Director of International Affairs.

Another is Francis Azumiah from the Peace Council which the group insists is a senior member of the NDC in the Builsa North constituency, who has at various times tried to contest as Parliamentary Candidate for the NDC in the constituency. LMVCA also noted his strong push recently for the position of District Chief Executive of the Builsa District.

They equally have issues with Joe Whittal, a lawyer, and Deputy Commissioner at CHRAJ whom it asserts is also a known NDC loyalist. LMVCA questions how such a committee can help the ultimate national quest for free, fair and credible elections.

But speaking on Si Me So on Kasapa FM hosted by Kweku Owusu Adjei, Nii Amasah Namoale stated that LMVCA was gradually gaining notoriety for questions the credibility of persons who have put themselves up for service to the country.

He noted that when President Kufour appointed Her Ladyship Justice Georgina Theodora Woode over Justice Joyce Bamford Addo as Chief Justice there was no protest even though the former was a known NPP member.

“We want those who are knowledgeable in this field to do the work. President John Agyekum Kufour during his reign went past Justice Joyce Bamford Addo who was a senior Supreme Court Judge and rather appointed Georgina Theodora Woode as the Chief Justice. A known member of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) became the Chief Justice and there was no protest from any quarters including the NDC. President Kufour knew Mrs Woode had the competence to take up that huge task and she has really performed.”

He added: “Despite the fact that she is an NPP supporter, she remains my ideal woman who has performed tremendously as a Chief Justice. Today Ghana’s judiciary has a strong footing and that is a plus for her.”