Ashanti Regional Chairman of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Bernard Antwi Boasiako, has been doing mathematics with the Yenpini demonstration held in Kumasi recently.
Leaders of the demonstration have spoken about the success of the demonstration, saying thousands of people joined the action, suggesting not many people supports the Electoral Commission’s decision to compile a new voters register.
It is in reaction to these claims that Mr Boasiako, popularly called Chairman Wontumi, in an interview on Adom FM’s Dwaso Nsem Wednesday, gave a counter position as someone who was more or less a praticipant in the demonstration.
He said contrary to the demonstrators’ story that thousands of people joined the exercise, the demonstration recorded low turnout, indicating that only about 700 people participated.
“The NDC claims more than a thousand protesters participated in the demonstration, but that’s a lie. I personally monitored the demonstration while sitting in an Uber and I can authoritatively say the protesters were about 700; I counted all of them,” he said.
He is of the view that the NDC has shot itself in the foot for embarking on the demonstration, describing what the protestors did as “an exercise to keep fit”.
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The Inter-Party Resistance Against New Voters’ Register, made up of the NDC and some other twelve political parties, are embarking on a series of nationwide demonstrations against the EC’s decision to compile a new register.
They argue that there is no need for a new electoral roll with just few months to the December polls.
On Tuesday, January 21, 2020, the group took to the streets of the Ashanti Regional capital, Kumasi to protest against the EC’s decision.
The group’s protest in Kumasi was the second of three nationwide planned demonstrations.
The first of the group’s demonstration was held in the Northern Regional capital, Tamale.