Suspended Afoko spotted at EC public forum

This is in spite of the latest decision by NEC of the party to suspend him.

Suspended Afoko spotted at EC public forum

Suspended Chairman of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Paul Afoko has been spotted at the Electoral Commission hearing for a new voters’ register.

This is in spite of the latest decision by NEC of the party to suspend him.Afoko is likely to announce himself as the substantive leader of the Elephant family at the forum.

He was present at the forum together with Kwabena Agyepong and other leading members of the party.

Also present at the forum is the General Secretary of the National Democratic Congress, Johnson Asiedu Nketia.

Meanwhile, the chairperson of the Electoral Commission, Charlotte Osei has asked for discussions  at the public forum for a new voters’ register to be conducted in a dispassionate manner.

A five-member panel set up by the Electoral Commission will conduct the public hearings over the next two days. Political parties and civil society groups which have sent proposals to the EC over the demand for a new register are expected to appear before the panel to justify their positions.Others against the call for a new register would make their case why the current register must be maintained.

Chairman of the five-member panel, His Lordship Professor V.C.R.A.C. Crabbe has said the voter register is not the responsibility of the EC.

He further assured members at the forum that their views will be heard and the report be submitted to the EC.

"The final decision does not lie with us," he added.

The Panel is made up of His Lordship Professor V.C.R.A.C. Crabbe, Co-Chair of the Coalition for Domestic Election Observers, (CODEO), former Justice of the Supreme Court of Ghana, former Professor of Law, and former Electoral Commissioner of Ghana; Most Reverend Professor Emmanuel Asante, former Presiding Bishop of the Methodist Church of Ghana and Chairman of the National Peace Council.The rest are Dr. Grace Bediako, a former Government Statistician and former member of the National Development Planning Commission; Dr. Nii Narku Quaynor, a renowned computer scientist, Chairman of the National Information Technology Agency (NITA) Board of Directors, and President of the Internet Society of Ghana; and Maulvi Bin Salih, Ameer of the Ahmadiyya Mission of Ghana.

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