The Inter-Party Resistance against the New Voters Register will on Tuesday, February 4, 2020 resume the series of demonstrations against the Electoral Commission’s (EC) decision to compile a new Voters Register.
The protest dubbed: ‘Wɔkpɛnɛɛ’ to wit [we wont agree] will see the group match to the headquarters of the EC.<
Speaking at a press conference on Wednesday, Founder of All People’s Congress, Hassan Ayariga, said their decision to resume the protestations is necessitated by the EC’s resolve to go ahead with the contentious exercise, even before the scheduled meeting between the Eminent Advisory Committee and the political parties scheduled for Thursday, January 30, 2020.
“The EC is taking the anger and the will of the people for granted,” he said.
He said: “We subsequently announce our inability to oblige with the earlier announcement of the momentary suspension of our public manifestations and declare resumption of the series of mass actions earlier outlined.”
The group, which is mainly made up of opposition parties such as the National Democratic Congress (NDC), All People’s Congress and People’s National Convention, initially called-off demonstrations against the Commission after the coalition ended a protest march in Kumasi.
The National Chairman of the NDC, Samuel Ofosu-Ampofo, said the temporary halt was to give EC enough time to complete its consultations on its decision.
However, the declaration of April 18 by the EC as the commencement of compilation, has caused the coalition to resume their demonstrations.
“We are by this Press Conference announcing our ‘Yԑnpini March to the EC on Tuesday, February 4, 2020 in Accra,” Mr Ayariga stressed.
He promised that the Coalition will actively participate in Thursday’s Inter-Party Advisory Committee meeting with the Eminent Advisory Committee and Civil Society Organisations with an open mind.
He said media houses are allowed to provide live coverage of the proceedings “in order to avoid any doubt.”