In August, the bell of cacophony was sounded by the apologists of the Danquah-Busia-Dombo stock, when they held a well choreographed and disjointed press conference at the Alisa Hotel, addressed by the 2016 vice-Presidential candidate, Dr. Mahmoud Bawumia, to discredit the voter register, with the claim that, the register was bloated with more than 70, 000 Togolese nationals.
Alisa Hotel is becoming a hotbed of political activities, as the Electoral Commission (EC), last Thursday and Friday, following a petition sent to it by the New Patriotic Party (NPP), and a proposal they requested from other political parties and stakeholders, organized a two days forum to listen to arguments for and against the need for a new voter register.
When the NPP organized their press conference at Alisa Hotel, they told Ghanaians upon interrogation about the purported foreigners on the register that, they had only exhausted ten percent of the voter register and that soon they will make available names of foreigners from the Ivory Coast and Burkina Faso.
Surprising last Friday at the EC forum, listening to the EC Chairperson, Mrs. Charlotte Osei, it became abundantly clear that, the NPP, never presented any additional information, apart from the claims they made when Dr. Bawumia addressed Ghanaians.
The Danquah-Busia-Dombo tradition, have been tagged as anti-northerners and voltarians, as a Marketing student, I was thought that, perception is reality. I believe too that, in politics, perfection is reality.
Try as the party does, it is not able to wean itself of those allegations, because the actions and inactions of its members still give credence to that assertion. The NPP is like a pig, wash it, cloth it and it will still remain a pig.
Ghana is bounded by Côte d’Ivoire to the west, Burkina Faso to the north, Togo to the east, and the Atlantic Ocean to the south.
Having being suffering from the tag of being anti-volta for years now, any rational and reasonable political party, will have started with Côte d’Ivoire or Burkina Faso, that is if ever they was any iota truth to the allegation of foreigners on our register.
The party decided, instead to add more injury to the sore by concentrating on the Volta Region, definitely arising from the fact that, it is the stronghold of the National Democratic Congress (NDC).
The NPP cannot throw dust in our eyes and get away with it, they made a promise and the clock is ticking, they must make available to Ghanaians through the EC, the names of foreigners from Cote d’ivoire and Burkina Faso,who have found their way onto our register.
All the political parties at the forum agreed to one thing and that is, the voter register is bloated with minors and foreigners, but that does not give any single political party the right to start pointing fingers at people from other Regions.
By some measures, the NPP for inexplicable reasons are not ready for power, they are not ready because, every action the party have taken since losing the 2012 presidential and parliamentary election is to shoot itself in the foot.
God does not reward pomposity, he despises people who discriminate against others, in Islam, Allah told us that, when three people meet and are having a conversation, he abhors it, when two people decide to switch the language to another language, even if they are not insulting and gossiping about the third person. In effect, for as long as the three of them are conversing, it must be in a language that they all understand.
The NPP, need to eschew those tendencies, the tendencies that make them, tribalistic. Ghana is a unitary state with varied tribes. The 1992 Constitution of Ghana, prescribes how one can be a Ghanaian. If anybody meets that requirement and has attain the age of 18 and above, the person is eligible to register and vote.
The other tribes for the NPP are an afterthought, as it has been throughout the Danquah-Busia and Dombo history.
I am Kotokoli, born and bred in Ghana; my parents were born in Ghana, what does that make me, a Ghanaian or Togolese?
Haven’t interacted with most of my kinsmen over the years, their expectation of the NPP from election to election, have moved from high hopes to one of disappointment.
Even those sympathetic to their cause and belong to the party, still believe the party could do a lot more than what the party is doing now.
By the colour of our skin, we are one people, who were separated by artificial boundaries created by our colonial masters.
The countries were shared like a wedding cake or birthday cake among the colonial masters, so why must we still hold onto that shackles that they created.
Nana Addo Dankwah Akufo-Addo, who has been to the polls twice in 2008 and 2012, must have learnt some lessons about winning and losing election, but his sense of entitlement is not allowing him to see beyond his nose.
Our voter register, will always be bloated, not by design, but by the nature of how things are done in this country.
Our birth and death records are not accurate, a lot of people die, get buried without anyone knowing they are gone, except the family members, who do not see the need to report to any authority to have their names expunged from the voter register or national records.
The NPP, if they love this country as they want the whole world to believe, what they should be proposing instead is how to strengthen and streamline our institutions of State, responsible for gathering data on Ghanaians, example, the statistical service, the National Identification
Authourity (NIA), the Electoral Commission, the Department of Birth and Death etc.
Again, the NPP, need to develop some modicum of trust for our institutions of state, this idea where anytime they lose an election, they will run down one state institution or another that, they will one day preside over.
The utterances by members of the party is so annoying to say the least, Ghana is for all the 27 or so millions of us, we are all entitled to how this country should be run and who should govern it.
We all have equal stake and if the NPP, wants to be taken serious, they should as a matter of urgency and courtesy, make available to the Electoral Commission, the names of Ivoirians and Burkinabes on the voter register, failure to do that, they should just shut up.