‘EC treading dangerously on ROPAA’ – Proforum North America

NDC Professionals Forum

The NDC Proforum-North America has cautioned Ghana’s Electoral Commission, that it is treading dangerously with its continuous suspicious flirtations with the Office of the President in the operationalisation of the Representation of the People Amendment Act in the 2020 general elections.

At a recent engagement with a diaspora group, the Director for Diaspora Affairs at the Presidency was quoted as saying the diaspora association “will work out and present tangible position paper towards the implementation of the law,” but the professional wing of the main opposition is questioning the make-up of the that diaspora association.

The statement signed by President of the group, Arnold Appiah noted that: “The NDC Professional Forum-North America wish to remind the EC that, in this all-important matter of implementing ROPAA, the stakes are high, and interest groups in the diaspora cannot be overlooked. Openness and inclusiveness must guide their decisions to ensure credibility. Too many interest groups exist in the diaspora for the EC to engage in this sensitive process. Any attempt to foist skewed implementation processes on us will be vehemently resisted. They should allow reason to prevail at the onset”.

The ROPAA, Act 2006, ACT 699 was passed to extend the right of the Ghanaian to participate in voting in public elections and referenda to Ghanaians living outside Ghana.

The law mandates the EC to come up with the modalities for implementation for which the EC is consulting with stakeholders to effect its constitutional mandate. But the NDC Proforum-North America is apprehensive of the selection of the diaspora community for the engagement.

“…we will not stand aloof while the EC ridicules Ghana’s democracy with staged consultations with unknown Ghanaian diaspora community.  It is even more ridiculous when the Director Diaspora Affairs at the Office of the President speaks for the diaspora community. We respect the authority vested in the EC by the constitution regarding diaspora elections, but we cannot tolerate their indiscretion and poor judgement”; the statement said.

The NDC Proforum-North America has therefore reiterated its demand for the immediate publication of the modalities for the operationalization of ROPAA so it could be scrutinized by a respected representation of the diaspora community which transcends political leanings.

Find full Statement below:

NDC-PROFORUM-ON-ROPAA-DIASPORA-ENGAGEMENT

Publish on Apt

Do you have any Social, informational, educational or entertaining stuff that should be featured on www.aptnewsghana.com?

Please submit your stories, pictures, and videos to us via WhatsApp: +233548388489 or click on the icon on your screen. Alternatively, email us: aptnewsghana@gmail.com

RSS APO Group – Africa-Newsroom: latest news releases related to Africa

  • Coronavirus - South Africa: Support from World Health Organization (WHO) for COVID-19 response in South Africa August 5, 2020
    A World Health Organization (WHO) team of more than 40 health experts will arrive in South Africa to strengthen the country's COVID-19 response. W/ South Africa now among the top 5 countries affected, the task force will support surveillance, case management, IPC & other areas.Distributed by APO Group on behalf of WHO Regional Office for […]
  • Coronavirus - South Africa: COVID-19 update for South Africa (4th August 2020) August 5, 2020
    COVID-19 Update: A total of 19507 COVID-19 tests were conducted in the last 24 hours, with 4456 new cases. Regrettably, we report 345 more COVID-19 related deaths bringing the total number of deaths to 8884. Click the link to view the full report: https://bit.ly/3kefnDnDistributed by APO Group on behalf of National Institute for Communicable Diseases, […]
  • Coronavirus - Ghana: 574 new cases were reported on August 2, 2020 August 5, 2020
    574 new cases were reported on August 2, 2020. Visit http://ghanahealthservice.org/covid19/ for more details Distributed by APO Group on behalf of Disease Surveillance Department, Ghana Health Service.Media filesDownload logo
  • Coronavirus - African Union Member States (55) reporting COVID-19 cases (976,208) deaths (21,050), and recoveries (651,455) August 5, 2020
    Download logoAfrican Union Member States (55) reporting COVID-19 cases (976,208) deaths (21,050), and recoveries (651,455) by region: Central (49,272 cases; 944 deaths; 35,778 recoveries): Burundi (395; 1; 304), Cameroon (17,255; 387; 15,320), CAR (4,618; 59; 1,640), Chad (938; 75; 814), Congo (3,546; 58; 1,589), DRC (9,178; 215; 7,727), Equatorial Guinea (4,821; 83; 2,182), Gabon (7,646; […]
  • Coronavirus - Madagascar: Medical supplies provided by WHO, United Nations and Malagasy Red Cross for COVID-19 response August 5, 2020
    Essential COVID-19 medical supplies arrive in Madagascar provided by World Health Organization (WHO), United Nations partners & Malagasy Red Cross to support the country's response to the pandemic. The cargo included PPE to keep health workers safe & medical supplies to support clinical care. Distributed by APO Group on behalf of WHO Regional Office for […]
  • Coronavirus - Africa: Republic of Korea powers humanitarian air service during COVID-19 August 5, 2020
    Download logoThe Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Korea has contributed US$ 2.5 million to the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), enabling it to continue providing United Nations Humanitarian Air Services (UNHAS) in countries where conflicts, natural disasters and the socio-economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic are pushing millions into hunger and […]
  • US-Africa Energy Committee Makes Capital Markets Access its Priority August 5, 2020
    The US-Africa Committee of the African Energy Chamber (www.EnergyChamber.org) held its first Meeting this week to discuss the future of energy cooperation and investments between the US and Africa post Covid-19. The US-Africa Committee gathers top private and public industry experts and executives from both sides of the Atlantic, all committed to fully exploiting the […]
  • Coronavirus - Nigeria: Breakdown of COVID-19 cases by state (4th August 2020) August 5, 2020
    A breakdown of cases by state can be found via https://bit.ly/2wjr7Aq. Total number: 44433Distributed by APO Group on behalf of Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).Media filesDownload logo
  • WHO Africa Online Press Briefing on COVID-19 August 5, 2020
    Download logoPlease join an online media briefing with the World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Director for Africa (https://www.afro.who.int/), Dr. Matshidiso Moeti, the Minister of Public Health of Niger, Hon Dr Idi Illiassou Mainassara and the Minister of Health of Rwanda, Hon Dr. Daniel Ngamije for an update on COVID-19. The media briefing is facilitated by […]
  • Mohannad Ali, Fatima Akif Emerge as the African Freestyle Football Champions of 2020 August 5, 2020
    The month-long virtual freestyle football championship tagged Freestyle UNLOCKED Africa 2020 came to a power-packed finish on Sunday, August 2, 2020 with the finals of the 3rd African Freestyle Football Championship. After several dramatic freestyle football battles, Mohannad Hosam Ali from Egypt and Fatimaezzahra ‘Fatima’ Akif from Morocco emerged as the Men and Women Champions […]
About Editor 598 Articles
Joe Bright Nyarko Journalist/Communication Researcher. Environment & Sustainability Advocate. Managing Editor of aptnewsghana.com, a non-profit news portal with bias towards environment and sustainability issues, rural development policies and gender & inequality.