Founder and leader of United Progressive Party(UPP) Akwasi Addai Odike has called on government and the Electoral Commission(EC) of Ghana to postpone the 2020 elections as the Commission gears up to begin compilation of a new Voters’ register.
During a panel discussion on whether or not elections should be held in the wake of COVID-19 on ‘Pure Morning Drive’ hosted by Kwame Adinkrah, Odike said:
‘The elections must wait. That is my stance. whether they like it or not. The constitution wasn’t cast of concrete and stones ..it was made for the people by the people; a living document subject to periodic review and changes. So if we’re not in normal times and claim to be fighting an unseen enemy, then what stops us from putting the election on hold. And government says what? The Electoral Commission should prepare for elections, how? churches and schools are closed, is that normal?’
The UPP leader further stated: ‘You want to go ahead in a country where elections are marred and characterized by violence – a country that one can snatch ballot box and be chased by another. Going to elections to spread covid-19 or what? The election can wait.’
According to Odike, the elections must be postponed till the National Identification Authority completes registration.
‘The elections will come off yes, but let’s postpone it for now cos we’re not in normal times. It will be baseless to have conversations around it. Its not the commissions mandate to identify who is Ghanaian. The commission even said it won’t use the Ghana and that they have acquired equipment to conduct their own registration. Now they have stated Ghana card as a requirement. what has changed? Too many inconsistencies. The Commission’s time table has depleted and we cannot go back to it. we cannot go into the elections without the Ghana card, he slammed.
Political parties on election 2020
General Secretary of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP), has disclosed that there will be chaos greater than the novel coronavirus if a president is not elected on 7th December, 2020.
He explained that the government should take measures for the Electoral Commission to undertake election activities as they find ways to curb the deadly virus.
The National Democratic Congress (NDC) has also alleged that governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) is conniving with the Electoral Commission (EC) and the National Identification Authority(NIA) to rig the 2020 elections.
According to the opposition party, activities of the NIA and the Electoral Commission ahead of the 2020 polls are all geared towards making this possible.
COVID-19 and Elections worldwide
South Korea is one of the countries that has successfully conducted elections in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.
South Koreans began going to the polls on 15th April to elect members of parliament, wearing masks and plastic gloves as part of strict safety measures in one of the first national elections held.
Three key states in America also held their primaries despite concerns over coronavirus and pressures to delay the elections.
Source: Ghana| Mypurefmonline.com