The National Democratic Congress (NDC) on Friday expressed concern about Election 2012 challenges due mainly to malfunctioning of some Biometric Verification machines. Mr Johnson Asiedu Nketia, NDC General Secretary said the unfortunate incident vindicates the party?s initial apprehension about large scale roll up of the exercise stressing that ?these challenges could have been avoided if the NDC?s reservations about the system were headed to?.

The NDC General Secretary speaking to newsmen on the problem recounted that party raised the red flags at several Inter-Party Advisory Committee (IPAC) meetings.

?The NDC raised serious concerns about the verification equipment and indicated that there is no country anywhere in the world which has introduced this verification and succeeded in one year.

?We went on to suggest piloting the verification through some voting process until an improved quality of the register while allowing manual verification. We were bashed left-right-centre.”

The NDC General Secretary noted that the party is ready to dialogue with the Electoral Commission (EC) and other political parties through the platform of IPAC for a better option to move the country forward.

The NDC will not be vindictive by saying: ?We told you so because already the country is in a mess,” indicating that “it will be irresponsible on our part not to participate in any solution that will take us out of where we are now”.

Mr Asiedu Nketia said while the NDC is ready to dialogue, ?it is going to be extremely difficult for the political parties to reach a consensus on the matter because when the NDC took a stance against the move, the party was vilified?.



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