The former chairman of the National peace Council, Most Rev Professor Emmanuel Asante has called on opposition political parties to stop accusing the Electoral Commission (EC) of planning to rig the December polls.
According to him, the commission has been transparent in its dealings and deserves to be trusted.
“From my perspective, the EC has been very transparent, they have always come out to explain things to the public,” he said.
Prof Asante made the call at the launch of the peace summit of the Methodist Diocese in Accra.
He further stated that the EC has worked hard to win the confidence of Ghanaians.
He, therefore, described as unfortunate attacks on the credibility and neutrality of the electoral commission by opposition parties.
His comments come after ceaseless claims by the opposition NDC that the EC chair and her deputies are shading a hidden agenda to rig the elections for the ruling NPP.
He stressed that, “As far as I’m concerned, from the little that I know and I’ve had the privilege to know a little, I think they are transparent and they are doing the best that they can and I don’t think anybody is putting anything on the way to rig it for anybody, it’s not possible that way.”
He also accused the opposition parties of attacking the EC in order to appeal to their followers, “But you will always hear political parties doing this, but they have to do that to appeal to their followers some of who would not even bother to sit back and find out whether what their parties are saying is true. They are doing these to the detriment of the country and I wish they will respect the very country they want to rule and stop doing those kinds of things,” he added.
Prof Asante also called on the media to investigate into such claims before publishing, “And I think you as the media must do your own investigations and find out, are they telling us the truth, and are we to take what the political parties are saying?”