The party argued that the letter inviting them to the meeting did not have an agenda but it was made clear to them when they arrived at the meeting on Thursday that the decision had already been made to have a new register of voters.
To them, since a decision had already been taken about what they were about for discuss, there was no need to be part of the meeting.
Supporting the NDC’s walkout were representatives of two other political parties, the People’s National Convention (PNC) and the United Front Party (UFP).
The meeting was to discuss outstanding issues regarding the plan to compile a new voters register.
“There was supposed to be a meeting today and we believe that the agreement we reached at the meeting with the Committee of Eminent Persons was to the effect that they [Electoral Commission] will continue engaging us, continue engaging the technical persons of the political parties on the technical issues relative to whether we needed a new register or not,” the General Secretary of the NDC, Mr Johnson Asiedu Nketia said.
“So we were all expectant that we will now meet the Electoral Commission and to investigate whether we should do a new register or not based on sound technical reasons.”
“We had a letter some three days ago that our technical persons were expected to meet the Electoral Commission this morning [Thursday], in fact without any agenda. So we had to write back to them that we can no longer continue to be ambushed into meetings because it is an issue we raised even with the Committee of Eminent Persons, the Electoral Commission is engaged in a charade of consultations, they pretend to be consulting you when they are not consulting you” Mr Asiedu Nketia added.
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