Nana Addo Is Now The New Co-Chairman Of The Electoral Commission


Effective immediately, by the powers conferred on me by the Constitution of the republic of Ghana, I Abdul Razak Bawa, appoints Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, the Co-Chairman of the Electoral Commission (EC).

By the same powers, I am going to force him to appoint Peter Mac Manu, the rustic campaign manager, as the communication director of the EC.

After all these changes are effected, the results of the 2016 election, will be one way, all votes for President, John Dramani Mahama, will go to him, as well as other smaller parties. He will declare himself president-elect after December 9, and Ghana as Dr. Kwame Nkrumah said, would be free forever.

I know someone, will be wondering, what the hell is wrong with me, I am perfectly well and not dreaming as well, I just think the childish behavior of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) is too much, maybe this will assuage their anxiety for a third defeat and the retiring of their flagbearer.

Since 2012, when the EC announced John Dramani Mahama, as having won the election, the NPP, has never relented in accusing the Commission of bias, as well as finding fault with every decision the Commission has taking.

One of its assign, Abu Ramadan, took the commission to the Supreme Court, praying the court to declare as illegal, all those who used the National Health Insurance card to register to vote in the last election.

The outcome of that court battle, we all know today, is what has led to the incarceration of Salifu Maase, alias Mugabe, Ako Gunn and Alister Nelson.

The Supreme Court ruled that, the EC, should deletes the name of all those who used NHIS card to register and re-register them.

A date was announced for that exercise, the party, which had vigorously fought and demanded for the EC to carry through the orders of the Supreme Court, went to bed only to wake up a day to the deadline to ask EC to extend the period, failure of which some of them are threatening to head back to the court.

It is high time our Apex Court, which has entertained them for too long, should tell them that it is becoming one comedy after another. They have always found solace in the Supreme Court, our Justices are pampering them and so with every least suspicion or disagreement that could sorted with they engage the EC, they will rush to the Apex Court.

Very soon, they will take the EC to court for the colour of the dresses the workers wear, because they see too much NDC in them.

Afenyo Markins, who was left the hook after his tape demanding bribe from Adb in their IPO, was made public, has suddenly found his voice again and is also threatening to head back to the Supreme Court to compel the EC to extend the re-registration exercise.

Every day, things are made clearer to me why the New Patriotic Party minority Members in Parliament, voted against the proposal to hold this year’s and subsequent elections on November 7.

They want to frustrate the EC into doing everything, using the courts to do what they want; else they will not be an election.

Ghanaians are yet to read, see or hear any alternative policy direction from a party that wants to win power at all cost. The International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank, will continue to dictate to us and chart our economic path, because our politicians are always ill-prepared for power.

The idea that, power is sought to achieve a desired end, will always elude our politicians, because a lot of them are in it only for the trappings it brings.

We will never achieve anything, except the cosmetic gains we make, with us taking a step forward and two steps backwards.

Should God forbid, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, wins the December 7, election, Ghanaians in less than a year, will be asking for President John Dramani Mahama.

We saw it and heard of it in the aftermath of the 2000 election, where Ghanaians were calling for President, Jerry John Rawlings.

After the 2008, the same Ghanaians, who have less than a year ago, complained of hardship, felt President John Agyekum Kufuor, was a better
president, than John Evans Atta Mills.

The way our politicians are behaving and Ghanaians also not seeing through the problems we have, we will always go back to asking for our former Presidents, after one hands over to another.

The NPP, have been nothing but a disappointment, they think propaganda can win them the election; they are always playing the victim, as if the EC is doing the bidding of the NDC.

Elections are won and lost at the polling stations; no system in this world is without fault, the EC, is a human institution, but since 1992, the Commission has operated above reproach, despite all the allegations, which seem to have grounds anytime any of the two dominant political parties is in opposition.

After the ploy to have the Supreme Court order the EC, to compile a new voter register failed, the NPP, have started another macabre dance, this time saying the new electronic results transmission system the EC wants to introduce, lack transparency.

The only time the NPP, will see reason with the EC is, when Nana Addo is made a co-chairman of the EC. Every decision, the NPP, sees fault with it, even the ones they have proposed and the Commission is implementing.

Radio stations, especially since 2000, have called elections in this country; they are able to do that, because they deploy reporters across the length and breadth of this country, by our electoral laws, political parties are supposed to have agents at all the polling stations.

On Election Day after 5 pm, when voting closes, the ballots are sorted out and counted in the full glare of the public.

One by one it is counted, so it is there that, if any unscrupulous individual wants to temper with the ballot or result, he or she can.

The NPP, need to stop distrusting the EC, they cannot win any election by stampeding everybody. Four months to an election, and all they talk about everyday is the Electoral Commission.

Whether the election is transmitted electronically or not, the presiding officers, will firs announce the results at the polling stations, with party representatives signing or challenging the results, it is then sent to the district offices, where the parties again have representation, from there it is sent to the regional and onward transmission to Accra.

At every level, political parties are represented, at every level they are required to raise objection, when they are not comfortable with the process, complaints forms are there, so what at all is wrong with our politicians?

Ghanaians are looking for issue based campaign; so far it has been one tangential issue after another, with the excuse so far being that, if one releases its manifesto, the other will steal.

Ideas are not the preserve of one single individual and in any case, since when did manifesto determine how the country is run, we can kid ourselves for as long as we want, but our country is governed from Washington.

The NPP must know that voters have become savvy and will not be hoodwink into this victim mentality that, they keep playing.

We are tired of them, they have changed the goalpost, one too many times.

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