The President of the Republic of Ghana, Nana Akufo Addo is treading on dangerous grounds which seriously undermines the sanctity of the enviable democracy we have enjoyed over the years now.
Considering the stubborn posture he has assumed amplified by the actions and inactions of the chairperson of the electoral commission, Ms Jean Adukwei Mensa we think the President is doing everything within his power to impose himself on Ghanaians through diabolical schemes and manipulations.
How did we arrive at this consensus? Let’s substantiate it with the following facts. Remember, everything herein is centred on the EC, Nana Akufo Addo’s partner in crime.
1. EC insistence on going ahead with a new voters register despite Covid-19
The EC who at this juncture is dancing to the rhythm of the incumbent government has insisted that it will go ahead to compile the new voters register despite the ravaging Covid-19 regime and damn the consequences; despite all the strong appositions.
2. Using clever tactics to frustrate the electorates
The Electoral Commission has reiterated that it will accept the Ghana Card and Passport as a form of identification at the registration centers and not the old Voters ID Card. This new development of accepting just the Ghana Card and Passport which a num ber of Ghanaians do not have is an indication that Akufo-Addo wants to impose himself on Ghanaians through a manipulated electoral process.
3. Targeting NDC stronghold as the premise to start a new Voters Register
The EC insists the current register is bloated and as some NPP functionaries put it, they can’t understand why a small area like Ketu South in the Volta Region, a very stronghold of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) should have a high number of registered voters. Yes, the view by the governing New Patriotic Party(NPP) that the current voter register is bloated with names of foreigners is not new, yet they won with the same register in 2016.
4. Waste of taxpayers money
A whopping $100, 000,000 will be spent on the useless exercise which has demonstrated how desperate the President is just to renew his mandate himself. As investigative journalist Manasseh Azuri put it, “$100, 000,000 was going to be wasted on the needless exercise of compiling the register and that the proponents of supporters of the exercise will be remembered in the inglorious pages of history.
“I pray and hope they pull through this without compromising the security of our nation even though over a hundred million dollars is being flushed down the toilet at a time we went to beg from IMF to fight the pandemic.
But the architects of this should remember that they will find their names in the appropriate pages of our nation’s unwritten history — the inglorious pages,” he concluded.
5. Jean Mensa appointed specifically to ensure Nana Akufo Addo wins second term
In out 5th analysis, this fragment of a letter from former Policy Advisor in the Office of the President of the Republic of Ghana with a dual responsibility as the Executive Director of the Ghana National Service Scheme(NSS) Dr Michael Whyte Kpessa sums it all.
“A recent US State US State Department Report (2018) suggests that you and your colleagues were appointed to the EC to guarantee an Akufo-Addo second term. I don’t know what you make of this claim but it speaks volumes about your credibility and trustworthiness.
Unfortunately, your utterances and the general posturing of the EC including decisions around transfer and reassignment of existing staff in your outfit appears to give credence the claim. I am worried for your legacy following the remarkable performance of your two predecessors,” Dr Whyte Kpessa wrote in an open letter to Ms Jean Mensa.
Dr Whyte Kpessa spoke about Ms Mensa’s tenure at think-tank, Institute of Economic Affairs(IEA) where she consistently called for accountability and transparency from governments and state institutions, wondering whether her work as head of the IEA was just about politics of convenience and not about principled positions.