The General Secretary of the New Patriotic Party, Kwadwo Owusu Afriyie aka Sir John, has accused the Chairman of the Electoral Commission, Dr. Kwadwo Afari Gyan, of being manipulated by the ruling National Democratic Congress to act in a manner that would inure to the benefit of the NDC.

According to Mr. Owusu Afriyie, several decisions by the Chairman of the EC since January 2009 including those leading to the creation of 45 new constituencies and the insistence on organising by-elections in Wulensi and Kwabre West despite opposition from the political parties involved and civil society groups were a source of worry and suggest the respected Commissioner is following the dictates of his ?masters,? the NDC.

Mr Owusu Afriyie was commenting on the controversy generated by the EC?s decision to create 45 new constituencies following the creation of new metropolitan, municipal and district assemblies on Adom Tv programme Badwam on Multitv on Wednesday August 15, 2012.

Members of Parliament from both the Majority and Minority have called for the withdrawal of the mistake-riddled Constitutional Instrument (CI) 73 for the necessary corrections to be effected.

Reports say some electoral areas are either completely missing from some constituencies or have been allocated to the wrong constituencies. Some constituencies have also had their capitals changed or mis-spelt. As many as 114 electoral areas had been omitted from the instrument while about 100 new ones had been added.

However, although Majority Leader Cletus Avoka agreed in a meeting with the leadership of Parliament and the Electoral Commission to withdraw the controversial CI 73 on Tuesday August 14, Mr Avoka failed to do so, promising to do so on Wednesday August 15 to allow members to study the new document. Parliamentary watchers have however warned that it would become law if it is not withdrawn by 6pm today following the expiry of the mandatory 21 days required for its maturity.

In order to give the new CI a chance to mature Parliament, which was set to rise on Friday August 17 would have to be recalled during the recess to complete the number of the remaining days needed for CI 73 to mature.

The NPP General Secretary wondered what had suddenly happened to Dr Afari Gyan since the NDC assumed office in January 2009, saying some of his actions were difficult to understand.

Sir John urged Dr. Afari Gyan to resist any attempt by political parties especially the NDC to act in a manner which would cause him to lose the high regard in which he is held across the world.

Also commenting, journalist and social commentator, Kwesi Pratt Jnr who was on the show cautioned the NPP General Secretary to be mindful of his words or provide evidence to back up his allegations as it could have an effect on his party?s chances in the December elections.

From: Ghana l Asempa FM l Afia Amankwaa-Tamakloe

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