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Bombshell On NDC 2016 Defeat: FOREIGNERS, MINORS WERE SCARED - Prof Botchwey cites NPP vigilance

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The Professor Kwesi Botchwey Committee that investigated the humiliating defeat suffered by the main opposition National Democratic Congress in the 2016 Presidential and Parliamentary Elections has confirmed what had been perceived about the party as ‘an election rigging entity’.

The Professor Kwesi Botchwey Committee that investigated the humiliating defeat suffered by the main opposition National Democratic Congress in the 2016 Presidential and Parliamentary Elections has confirmed what had been perceived about the party as ‘an election rigging entity’.

 

According to the abridged Report of the Professor Botchwey Committee, one of the critical reasons that led to the defeat of former President John Dramani Mahama and the NDC in the election was the vigilance of the governing New Patriotic Party.

The NPP’s vigilance made it impossible for the NDC to implement its strategy of getting minors and non-Ghanaians to vote for the party in the elections.

The vigilance on the part of the NPP did two main things: firstly, it prevented the NDC from getting the names of non-Ghanaians and minors onto the voters’ register; and secondly, it scared some non-Ghanaians from “crossing the borders to vote for the NDC.” 

According to the Report, from the point of view of NDC strategists in the Western Region, “Strict monitoring of the EC’s activities before, during and after the 2016 voter registration exercise, exhibition of the voter’s register, voter transfer exercise, and on voting day, by the NPP successfully prevented minors and non-Ghanaians from taking part in the exercise.”

And here is the most critical of all: “Constant surveillance on the country’s borders, especially the NDC strongholds by the NPP vigilante groups scared some non-Ghanaians who had their names on the register from crossing the borders to vote for the NDC.”

This may be seen by many political analysts as the reason why former President John Dramani Mahama and members of the NDC were against the calls from various quarters for the country to have an entirely new voters’ register for the 2016 elections.

The Professor Kwesi Botchwey committee was formed by the NDC Functional Executive Committee, to review and validate the results of the 2016 presidential and parliamentary elections as well as deal with other matters reasonably related to the above objectives and make recommendations to the National Executive Committee about the way forward.

The 13-member committee, chaired by Prof Botchwey, had Edward Doe Adjaho, immediate past Speaker of Parliament, Juliana Azumah Mensah, former MP for Agortime-Ziope, and Alhaji Hudu Yayaha, among others, as members.

The summary of the committee’s report has been presented on regional basis. We bring your more in our subsequent editions.