The main political parties in Ghana have given various translations into their position on the polling form paper for the 2020 Presidential Elections planned for December 7. The banner conveyor of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, and that of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), previous President John Dramani Mahama, on Tuesday got the first and the subsequent spots, individually, on the polling form paper. While the NDC have depicted their spot on the voting form as "the subsequent coming" of Mr Mahama, the NPP says the main spot was ideal for the gathering.
A couple of moments after the balloting was directed, allies of the different ideological groups took to web-based media with translations on the places of their banner conveyors on the voting form paper. Pretty much every gathering guaranteed its position had an extraordinary meaning to its presentation at the surveys. One of the NPP's 2012 mission melodies: 'Nana Addo Wo soro ho', formed by highlife artist, Kwabena, in a split second began causing a ripple effect via web-based media. While some NPP allies additionally asserted that the main position implied that their banner conveyor would win the political decision, allies of the NDC were out with works of art having the two fingers (two sure) sign, depicting the number two situation of their banner carrier on the polling form paper to connote the second happening to previous President Mahama.
Spots on polling form paper
Nine different competitors of ideological groups who have able to challenge the official political decision likewise reserved their spots on the voting form paper in the wake of partaking in the balloting. Toward the finish of the cycle, which endured around two hours, the banner conveyor of the Ghana Union Movement (GUM), Mr Christian Kwabena Andrews, gotten the third spot, while Mr Ivor Kobina Greenstreet of the Convention People's Party (CPP), Madam Akua Donkor of the Ghana Freedom Party (GFP), Mr Henry Herbert Lartey of the Great Consolidated Popular Party (GCPP) and Mr Hassan Ayariga of the All People's Congress (APC) picked the fourth, fifth, 6th and seventh spots, individually. The banner conveyor of the Liberal Party of Ghana (LPG), Mr Kofi Apaloo; Mr David Apasera of the People's National Convention (PNC), Ms Brigitte Dzogbenuku of the Progressive People's Party (PPP) and Nana Konadu Agyeman Rawlings of the National Democratic Party (NDP) made sure about the eighth, ninth, tenth and eleventh spots, separately, on the voting form paper. A free up-and-comer, Mr Asiedu Walker, was not permitted to partake simultaneously, despite the fact that he was available with his running mate, Mr Jacob Osei Yeboah. The EC gave him the twelfth spot on the polling form paper.
Be that as it may, not long before the balloting could start, the Deputy General Secretary of the NDC, Mr Peter Boamah Otorkunor, said the gathering had a few reservations on how the balloting was directed. He charged the Electoral Commission (EC) of directing the cycle in mystery and asked that the commission permit all the partners to administer how the materials utilized in the balloting were prepared. "We should see the polling form papers you are utilizing to do the balloting, so it will be straightforward to wipe out apparatus of positions on the voting form paper," he said. Yet, the Deputy EC Chairman accountable for Corporate Services, Dr Eric Bossman Asare, couldn't help contradicting Mr Otorkunor's position, clarifying that the balloting was essential for the regulatory techniques of the EC. Regardless of the protests from the NDC's Deputy General Secretary, the cycle proceeded effectively with no hitches.
NPP, NDC others respond
After the cycle, Mr Otorkunor said it was "obviously evident that the EC is in some agreement with the administration to fix the decisions". "This balloting was not done in a straightforward way. You perceived how the polling form was taken out and gotten mystery," he included. Notwithstanding, he stated, the NDC was happy with the number two position and was sure of winning the political decision. The General Secretary of the NPP, Mr John Boadu, who spoke to the gathering's banner carrier at the balloting, said the main spot was ideal for the gathering.
The balloting cycle is one of the last strategies started by the EC as a feature of the agreement building and straightforwardness measures towards the gather information. As per a Deputy Chairman of the EC accountable for Operations, Mr Samuel Tettey, who managed the balloting, the cycle was embraced by the EC as a component to carry receptiveness and reasonableness to the constituent cycle, despite the fact that it was not specified in the appointive laws of the nation. "The arrangement of competitors on the polling form was done on a first-come, first-served premise and the battle for positions on the voting form paper by applicants drove the commission to receive the balloting framework," he clarified. The balloting was led in two phases, with the first round deciding the request in which the gatherings could pick the mystery voting forms.
Autonomous applicant responds
Talking with the Daily Graphic in a meeting after the balloting, Mr Walker said it was out of line for the commission to disregard an autonomous up-and-comer in any part of the appointive cycle. He said despite the fact that his group was not bothered by the default position delivered him, limiting balloting to applicants supported by ideological groups alone ought not be rehashed later on. "We as a whole paid a similar GH¢100,000 and must experience a similar cycle. Yet, our position is fairly incredible since, in such a case that you put the NPP's number 1 spot and the number 2 of the NDC together, you will get 12 and that is the triumphant position," he said.
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