The spokesperson of flagbearer aspirant of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) Dr. Kwabena Duffuor, Antonio Edem Asinyo has justified the injunction application against the upcoming presidential and parliamentary primaries of the party.
Speaking in an interview with Johnnie Hughes on the Sunrise show on 3FM Thursday, May 11, he asked the party leadership to admit that things have not been done right and invite all stakeholders to discuss how to resolve the issues. In the meantime, he said, the elections scheduled to take place on Saturday, May 13 should be postponed to allow time for the issues to be addressed.
“The simple issue is, we have identified errors, all we are asking for is postponed elections because the time is near. “As we speak, just last night the Electoral Commission says the NDC has not given them the delegates’ list or photo album to be used for the elections and we are just three or so days for the elections. “We need to have cool heads, identify that we have not gone certain things right, invite all stakeholders into a meeting, agree on a time frame, and fix it, we do not need to go back and forth on this.”
Deputy General Secretary of the NDC, Mustapha Gbande said that the election would not be postponed. Also speaking in an interview with Johnnie Hughes on the Sunrise show on 3FM Thursday, May 11, Mr Gbande said “The elections will not be postponed and I must state it very clearly.”
Regarding Dr Duffuor’s concerns, Mr Gbande explained that “In the absence of the photo album because of similar concerns they have raised, we have not even submitted the album to the Electoral Commission because by law we are not obliged to go by the album. The album does not form a substantive argument., if indeed they have any challenges.”
Asked by Johnnie Hughes whether he was suggesting that the party did no wrong in not getting the album right, he answered “we are not saying that we didn’t get it right; there was nothing right or wrong. “As stakeholders, we all have a responsibility to check the system and when you have checked it and identified that there is an error, you complain and then it would have to be corrected.”
At this point in time it is unclear whether or not there will be a postponement of these elections.