Tussle over new voters’ register: NDC is a disgruntled opposition party – DI Executive Director
The accusations of election rigging leveled against the Electoral Commission and the President by the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), is an attack on President Akufo-Addo to taint his political reputation, and to undermine the electoral process of the country.
“The NDC connecting the President to an allegation leveled against the EC is a clear sign of a disgruntled opposition party trying their maximum best to instigate unnecessary public confusion”, the Executive Director of Danquah Institute, Richard Ahiagbah has observed.
According to NDC National Chairman, Samuel Ofosu Ampofo, the EC and the National Identification Authority (NIA) are in cahoots with the incumbent government scheming to “rig the 2020 elections and hold on to power at all cost”.
But in a statement copied to opemsuo.com, Mr. Richard Ahiagbah said ,“John Mahama knows that the “Electoral Commission is independent and does not consult the President on anything” (Mahama’s own words in 2016). Why then would the NDC claim that the president is in alliance with the EC to rig the elections, particularly when he stated himself that the president and the EC are separate bodies?”
Mr. Ahiagbah also alluded to former President John Mahama’s remarks in 2016 about the Electoral Commission.
“Ghana’s electoral system is one of the best in the world. Note my words, not in Africa, in the world because it has inherent instruments for guaranteeing its integrity,” This was the strong declaration about Ghana’s electoral system made by John Mahama on November 18, 2016.
His conviction is that the Electoral Commission cannot rig elections. What then is his basis for claims of a possible rig of the upcoming general elections? If Ghana has “inherent instruments” that ensure the integrity of its elections, as Mahama emphatically stated, how then can it be rigged? Simply because he is now in the opposition, and perhaps scared of losing the elections, suddenly he is claiming the electoral system that he has such strong faith in cannot be trusted? This just shows a dishonest and untrustworthy person who is willing to contradict his own words, even if he knows the truth, to advance his political agenda.