Deputy General Secretary of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Barbara Serwaa Asamoah, has emphatically stated that the party will not allow aspirants to dictate to them where the printing of ballot papers for the upcoming presidential primaries should be done.
She insists the party already has a reliable and professional printing hub and therefore the hierarchy cannot fathom why some flagbearer hopefuls will want the printing to be done at a place where they cannot vouch for its security.
"In fact, we have told all aspirants to make their representatives present at the printing press to see to any correction that needs to be done; so we are bemused by their allegations," she stated.
Six presidential aspirants seeking to lead the opposition NDC in the next general election have petitioned the party over the credibility of the company tasked to print the ballot papers for the upcoming primaries.
The six aspirants – Alban SK Bagbin, Nurideen Ali, Sylvester Mensah, Ekwow Spio-Garbrah, Goosie Tanoh and Joshua Alabi – also say the credibility of the voters' register is questionable because it comes without photographs of delegates.
In a statement, the aspirants said a more credible company like the Assembly Press should have been given the job to print the ballot papers.
They believe this would ensure some of the irregularities that rocked the party's national executive election held in November 2018, will not recur.
Speaking to the issue on Okay FM’s 'Ade Akye Abia' programme, Barbara Asamoah reiterated the NDC’s commitment to ensuring a free and fair polls.
"We have summoned all the aspirants once again to meet with the elections committee to go over the processes and ensure that all necessary corrections are made.
"But for the printing press, they have made varied suggestions and we will look at them when they meet with the elections committee. As Democratic as we are as a party, we would want to ensure that aspirants get a free and fair electoral process," she indicated.
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