Tag: election

NPP sowing discord & conflict ahead of election

The NDC condemns, in the strongest possible terms, the attempts by NPP members to disrupt the election through the dissemination of egregious lies. The recent incident where it was alleged that thumb printed ballot papers were found in a Madison Hotel room, pre-marked for the NDC has emerged as nothing more than a transparent attempt by the NPP, and in particular, the Ashanti Regional Chairman Wontumi, to smear the good name of the NDC and sow discord prior to the election.

The Manager of the hotel in question has released a statement which we share in full below.

The media and public are urged to remain vigilant and aware of these attempts by the NPP to harm our peaceful electoral process. All citizens must ensure that we remain informed by credible sources.

The NDC believes in free and fair elections, and as Ghanaians we cannot tolerate attempts to damage our electoral process through lies and dishonesty.

http://www.ghanaweb.com/GhanaHomePage/NewsArchive/Wontumi-behind-thumb-printed-ballot-papers-Madison-Lodge-alleges-492423

Below is the full statement

NPP assertion of Thumb printed Ballots scandalous

The attention of Madison Lodge has been drawn to images and videos circulating on social media, alleging that thumb printed ballot papers were found in our hotel rooms.
We wish to state the following

1. On Saturday, December 3 at 7:20PM, a gentleman by name Andy Owusu, who is a known face in Kumasi and special Assistant to Chairman Wontumi, booked three rooms, he said was meant for some investors of his business.

2. He dropped 2 Bags and stayed in the room for 2 hours with a fair lady.

3. Chairman Wontumi, on Sunday, led Police men and media to our hotel premises to the very room his assistant booked, only to be told they were thumb printed Ballot.

4. We see this as scandalous and an attempt to destroy our brand as one of the serene hotels in Kumasi.

5. We are therefore willing to cooperate with the Police to find the true intent of Chairman Wontumi and his special Assistant.

Thank You.

Evans Nuamah,
Hotel Manager
Madison Hotel

 


 

JM Campaign Team condemns attack on NDC supporters

JM Campaign Team condemns attack on NDC supporters

The John Mahama 2016 Campaign wishes to denounce the violent and unprovoked attack on members of the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) by the MP for Abuakwa South, Samuel Atta Akyea, and the Abontendomhene of Kyebi.

Mr. Atta Akyea, who is MP in the constituency of the opposition leader, Nana Akuffo Addo, intentionally drove his vehicle into a crowd of NDC supporters, wounding several people including the NDC’s mobile cinema crew in Kyebi.

The incident occurred after the crew closed from a ‘film show’ of President John Dramani’s Mahama’s achievements at Akyem Asafo.

Irate members of the NPP, led by the Abontendomhene of Kyebi, then went on a rampage, destroying NDC banners, posters and other paraphernalia.

The attack on our supporters and the destruction of campaign materials are illegal and infringes on the fundamental human right of the people to participate in multi- party politics and support a candidate of their choice.

This was a direct attack by the NPP on NDC supporters, and while calling on our supporters to continue to remain calm, we condemn unreservedly such dastardly acts by the opposition.

Coming just days after the leader of the opposition, despite his widely known violent nature, pledged to work towards a peaceful election before the international community and Ghanaians, we cannot hesitate to advise Nana Addo to learn and appreciate the need to provide leadership to his party and have them desist from violent actions.

We also do hope that the National Peace Council and the National House of Chiefs will condemn and hold responsible the Abontendomhene for his actions.

We implore the police to ensure that the necessary process is followed to bring those responsible for these attacks to swift justice, and to ensure the safety of all voters in Kyebi.

These unprovoked, violent and senseless attacks on Ghanaian citizens must be condemned and the perpetrators brought to book.

We, the NDC, believe in the right of every Ghanaian to vote in peace and safety.

Our vote is our response. Violence is not an option.

Joyce Bawah Mogtari
Spokesperson
John Mahama 2016 Campaign

 


 

Peaceful Elections are everyone’s responsibility!

Peaceful elections are everyone’s responsibility! We as the NDC believe in our democracy, and the right of every person to vote in confidence without fear or intimidation. We believe in the right of every Ghanaian to vote in safety without fear of their lives. We believe the Ballot Box is sacred, and we believe in the sanctity of the ballot.

We call upon all Ghanaians to vote in peace. We respect every individuals right to vote according to their own conscience. We believe in the power of the ballot and we call upon all citizens to express their views through the ballot and NOT through violent exchanges.

 

We are a peaceful nation. We believe that as a nation we can vote in peace, confident of our safety.

Peaceful elections are everyone’s responsibility.

 

We the NDC call upon all our people: Please exercise your right to vote but do so in peace.

 

The safety of our children, our wives and mothers depend on you; and on safe peaceful elections for all of Ghana

 

Your Vote is Your Right & Your Responsibility

Your vote is your right and your responsibility. It is up to all of us to ensure that we make our voices heard through the ballot box.

Your vote gives you a voice in government: allowing you to choose leaders who you feel will represent your values and speak for you when making decisions on the country.

None of us can afford to waste our opportunity to vote. If we are complacent and think “my vote doesn’t matter”, we risk being left with leaders who do not represent us or our values.

If you don’t vote, you cannot complain about the outcome! Yes, our right to vote has been hard won – and it is a right that none of us should take for granted.  Your chance to shape our nation is coming on 7 December 2016 at the polls.

Please don’t believe that your vote does not matter. Your voice MUST be heard, your vote must be recorded.

Talk to your friends and family today – make sure they are ready to vote, and understand the vital importance of the role of the vote. Read more here about the voting process – ensure that you understand the requirements so that you are not disappointed at the polling station.

Here is a reminder of what you need to know:

 

  1. Vote the way you want to vote!
    • First thing to know is that your vote is secret. No one can coerce you to vote for them or against anyone else. The ballot paper can’t to linked to you. Also, you do not have to tell anyone whom you voted for even if they say they are an official pollster.
  2. Nobody is allowed to electioneer within 500 metres of the polling station
  3. Election day is Wednesday 7th December 2016
  4. Polling starts at 07:00 and finishes promptly at 17:00. If you arrive after this time you will not be allowed to vote
  5. To find your nearest polling station visit the EC website or go to http://http://officialndc.com.dedi153.jnb3.host-h.net/polling-station/ where you will find a list of polling stations by region.
  6. You must go to the polling station where you registered to vote
  7. Take with you your voter ID card it makes things easier when you get there
    • If you have lost it, or it is damaged, you will need to explain to the presiding officer or their assistant when you get to the polling station and they will take you through a process of electronic identification
  8. You will be checked off against the register to see that you have not already voted and to make sure you don’t vote again – a mark will be made on you, usually your fingernail, to show easily that you have voted
  9. You will be given a ballot paper with the stamp of the EC on it and it will show you the pictures and party emblem of the candidates for President
  10. You will be given a ballot paper with the stamp of the EC on it and it will show you the pictures and party emblem of the candidates for Parliamentary Representative
  11. You will place your thumb print next to the person you wish to vote for on each ballot paper– do not mark anywhere else or put your name on the paper or add any other marks otherwise your vote will not count
  12. In view of the presiding officer you will fold the paper up and place it in the right ballot box and are free to leave. They do not have to see who you have voted for. There are two ballot boxes one for Presidential and one for Parliamentary – ensure your vote goes in the correct ballot box
  13. You do not have to speak to anyone except the presiding officer and their assistants and you do not have to talk to anyone outside the polling station about your vote
  14. That completes your vote

Important things to remember:

  1. Plan your day
    • Where is your polling station?
    • What time will you vote? Early is better, even if there is a queue, it means you can get on with your day.
  2. How are you going to get to the polling station? Do you need to organize transport?
  3. Do you need to arrange for time off from the office or someone to look after the children?
  4. Make sure you have everything with you that you need – your Voter ID Card and any other form of identification
    • Take some water with you in case there is a queue
    • Be prepared for a queue and be patient

Your vote is valuable so don’t waste it by delaying or not being planned. Don’t forget the polls close at 17:00 and if you are late you will not be able to cast your vote.