Suspended New Patriotic Party (NPP) national chairman Paul Afoko has made a shocking appearance at the Electoral Commission hearing for a new voters’ register.
It is not clear in what capacity the embattled chairman is appearing, but having rubbished the suspension by the National Executive Committee (NEC), Afoko is likely to announce himself as the substantive leader of the Elephant family.
“Our party has always spearheaded reforms for the benefit of our country so that is what we are here to do today.
“I’m here as the Chairman of the NPP, I am here leading the team to ensure that the views of our party are heard; to ensure that we push through the reforms that we require for next year’s elections,” Afoko told the press at the event.
Starr News’ Ibrahim Alhassan reports that “security is heavy at the venue and a metal detector is also being used to ensure paramount security.”
The panel will conduct the public hearings over the next two days.
Political parties and civil society groups which have sent proposals to the EC over the demand for a new register are expected to appear before the panel to justify their positions.
Others against the call for a new register would make their case why the current register must be maintained.
The Panel is made up of His Lordship Professor V.C.R.A.C. Crabbe, Co-Chair of the Coalition for Domestic Election Observers, (CODEO), former Justice of the Supreme Court of Ghana, former Professor of Law, and former Electoral Commissioner of Ghana; Most Reverend Professor Emmanuel Asante, former Presiding Bishop of the Methodist Church of Ghana and Chairman of the National Peace Council.
The rest are Dr. Grace Bediako, a former Government Statistician and former member of the National Development Planning Commission; Dr. Nii Narku Quaynor, a renowned computer scientist, Chairman of the National Information Technology Agency (NITA) Board of Directors, and President of the Internet Society of Ghana; and Maulvi Bin Salih, Ameer of the Ahmadiyya Mission of Ghana.