The National Democratic Congress (NDC) Member of Parliament (MP) for Kumbungu Constituency, Ras Mubarak, has broken ranks with the party over the participation of political parties in local level polls.
According to him, it will be hypocritical for anyone to suggest that political parties are not already involved in the local level elections.
The opposition NDC is canvassing for a ‘No’ vote in the upcoming referendum on whether political parties should be allowed to openly participate in the local level election.
The party says such a move will further divide Ghanaians along party lines.
Ras Mubarak’s Position
But speaking to Starr News, Mr Mubarak said he disagrees with the position of his party.
“Certainly the NDC as a political party has some challenges with aspects of the bill which we have made clear. I respect the party’s position but I completely disagree with the party that we should be advocating for a ‘No’ vote at the referendum. My position for a ‘Yes’ vote is hinged on the fact that there is political party involvement in the elections anyway. In every part of the district there is hardly any assemblyman or woman who is not tacitly on one political party or the other, go to the assemblies and check. we shouldn’t play ostrich in the election of assemblymen and women,” he told Starr News Ibrahim Alhassan.