The National Organiser of the National Democratic Congress, Kof Adams, has suggested recent comments by Nana Akufo-Addo indicates he speaks under the influence of alcohol. “I must admit that Nana Addo is getting to a point where he speaks not too differently from someone who has been intoxicated with alcohol,” he said on 3FM’s Sunrise Wednesday.
Responding to comments made recently by the New Patriotic Party presidential nominee, Mr Adams said Akufo-Addo just opens [his] mouth to say anything. That is what has become of him at his rally presentations”. Speaking at the campaign launch of the party’s Ablekuma South parliamentary nominee, Ursula Owusu Akuful, on Tuesday, Nana Akufo-Addo said the NDC has a copyright to rigging elections But Kofi Adams maintains the NDC has since 1992 allowed maximum reforms in at the Electoral Commission to ensure more transparent elections. He argued that since 1992, Ghana has held presidential elections which results were counted in coalition centres but over through reforms championed by the NDC, that changed over the years to the point where results are declared at the polling stations.
Mr Adams said the NDC accepted reforms that allowed transparent ballot boxes, and use of photo in voters identity cards. “In 2009, NDC allowed biometric verification making the election more transparent. Transmission of results also became more transparent with the involvement of party agents, he said.
He thus argued Nana Akufo-Addo’s claim cannot hold as all reforms over the years have enhanced the credibility and transparancy of Ghana’s elections “If the NDC wants to rig elections it will not fund activities of a machinery which allows transparency in Ghana’s elections to be implemented,” he said But Abu Jinapor who is Aide to Nana Akufo-Addo, said the NDC can’t take credit for reforms instituted by the Electoral Commission, which is an independent body. He argued that no political party has influence over the electoral body, adding that the EC undertake reforms after every election, and that the NDC cannot take credit for such reforms that prevent rigging.