The only Constitutionally mandated body to organize and supervise elections in this country is the Electoral Commission (EC), this responsibility the Commission has discharged to the best of it ability and to the admiration of the world since 1992, when we ushered in the new dispensation.
The Commission, has not only organized national elections, but has seen to the successful in the organization of internal political party elections.
Fortunately for the Commission, the two major political parties, the National Democratic Congress (NDC) and the New Patriotic Party (NPP), have all had the benefit of winning elections in this country, anytime one of them losses, the EC is accused of rigging the election for the
What annoys me is that the same EC that has been variously and consistently bastardised is called upon to come and hold elections for them, when they are having their internal contest.
President Jerry John Rawlings in 1992 and 1996, was declared the validly elected President of this country by the EC.
In 2000 and 2004, President John Agyekum Kufuor, was also declared as having won both elections by the same EC.
In 2008, the NPP led by Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, who contested on the ticket of the NPP, lost to Prof. John Evans Atta Mills, who was on the ticket of the NDC. Since then the EC, have not known peace, as the NPP have not relented in its effort to give the EC a bad name and
After the 2012 elections, the party proceeded to the Supreme Court to challenge the election that brought John Dramani Mahama to power.
Three prominent members of the party, Nana Addo, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia and Jake Obetsebi Lamptey were the plaintiffs; the defendants were John Dramani Mahama and the EC. The NDC, under whose ticket President Mahama, won the election also applied to be joined to the suit, the Supreme Court granted their request.
After nine months of legal battle, the court ruled that John Dramani Mahama was indeed the validly elected President of the country.
Dr. Kwawdo Afari Djan, the Electoral Commissioner, was called names, he was insulted and called the devil, yet this was the same man and the same Commission that declared two elections for ex- President Kufuor.
It is said that he who fight and runs away, lives to fight another day, another opportunity has presented members of the NPP, who are qualified and interested to contest to lead the party as its flagbearer to do so.
The twice defeated candidate, Nana Addo has picked up the nomination form, but yet to submit. The party had pegged the filing fee at GH¢75,000 and so Nana Addo, had to rush to the United Kingdom (UK) to appeal or solicit for funds to enable him meet the deadline.
While in the UK, he had the opportunity to address members of the United Kingdom (UK) branch of the NPP, but his penchant and unbridled quest for power will never escape him. Instead of telling the whole world and Ghanaians, what he was going to do when elected President, he rather chose to attack the EC and the Electoral register, the same register that nearly made him the President.
Nana Addo, has had the privilege of many platforms, but has never used any to tell the electorates and Ghanaians what he intends doing to salvage the dwindling economy; it has always been about the EC. Even the advanced democracies, like the UK and the United State of America (USA),cannot boast of problem free electoral register, once it is a human institution, it is amenable to problems that was why the EC, asked the political parties though Inter Party Advisory Committee (IPAC), to bring proposal as to how to improve the electoral system.
We have made some progress since 1992, at the turn of every election, we have introduced something new to our electoral system, we are not there yet, but singling out one Institution and blaming them for our woes is not the best way going forward.
It is the same NPP, that asked for the introduction of biometric register, their wish was granted, they then asked for no verification no vote, that request was also granted, all these why didn’t Nana Addo know that there was a problem with the register, he only found something wrong with it when he lost the election.
You can’t eat your cake and have it.
This double standard and hypocrisy on the part of somebody who want to lead this country must stop. Nana Addo must know that it is very possible that he could become President one day, although that is not my wish, because this country deserve better.
Since he launched his bid to lead this country in the early 90’s, I have never heard Nana Addo propose one economic module, the only policy I have heard him sell to Ghanaians was the provision of free Senior High School (SHS), even the Progressive People’s Party (PPP) is battling him over the ownership of the policy.
Early this year in his State of the Nations Address, the President, John Dramani Mahama, announced that starting from the 2015/2016 academic year, the Government was going to roll out the free SHS policy, I still do not think that, that is the solution to the problems confronting education in this country, and so as I disagreed with Nana Addo then, I disagrees with President Mahama now.
I think that free education will only achieve any meaningful and desire results if the infrastructure and other amenities, including teachers are improved with the needed investments.
Now this is the paradox,
Mr Alan Kwadwo Kyerematen, after paying GH¢75,000, last Thursday morning to file his nomination for the New Patriotic Party’s presidential primaries slated for December 6, 2014 said, he had the answers to Ghana’s economic woes and asked Government to take his proposal serious.
He had proposed that government should put together a bi-partisan team of advisers and experts to develop and formulate a new economic reconstruction programme, have a private centre on business interest and job creation, arrest the decline in the value of the Cedi and significantly reduce Government borrowing, reduce inflation on a long-term basis, as well as introduce policy measures that would lead to a decline in interest rates.
Juxtapose this to what Nana Addo, has been disturbing our ears with. This is not the first time Alan Kyeremanten, had put across a proposal to help put this country on a sound economic footing.
This shows a man, who is not interested in power just because people tell him that it is his right to claim, but that he cares about his country and his people.
Between these two gentlemen, who should get the votes of the delegates of the NPP, unfortunately Nana Addo, has become like a cult in the party and he is the man to beat. I know that after the December 6, primaries he will emerge as the winner, the NPP can present him as many times as they want, but I don’t think Ghanaians will ever vote for him to lead them.
He must start acting as an elder, who does not only see the Presidency as his birthright, but one who want to see this country succeed regardless of who is the president.
Alan Kwadwdo Kyeremanten has shown the way, will Nana Addo follow.