A famous statesman was once quoted as saying that war was too important to be left to Generals. Juxtaposing that statement, we as a newspaper, canvass the viewpoint that politics is too important to be left to politicians alone.
We make this assertion after a studied watch of how the government and the Electoral Commission, have deliberately decided to disenfranchise the people of Santrokofi, Akpafu, Lolobi and Likpe (SALL) in the Oti region vote to have a representation in the August House.
In the warped mind of the Attorney General, Godfred Yeboah Dame, who appeared before parliament, the only way for the people of SALL to have a representative in parliament is not just to change the Legislative Instrument (LI) but must also come along with the cancellation of the parliamentary election in 2020 in Buem for fresh one to be conducted.
According to the Attorney General, who said among other things, “It is also important to note that if there is an immediate need for the recognition of the right of the ASLL areas to elect their Member of Parliament, I think the solution will just be simple, just annul the election of the Member of Parliament for Buem constituency and when that is done they can hold fresh elections.
“So the solution is not just an annulment or a revocation of the LI, it must be coupled with an annulment of the Buem parliamentary elections.”
The above statement from Godfred Yeboah Dame, would have been comic if not that, it is coming from someone who is supposed to be the chief legal advisor to the government.
While, this cacophony of voices is dominating the media space, no one is paying attention to how the decision by the EC and the government to deny the people of SALL a voice in governance is affecting them.
The Attorney General, maybe right in calling for the annulment of the election in the Buem Constituency, but if his concern is genuine and not based on parochial interest, then the best solution is to call for the total cancelation of the 2020 general election.
In the considered opinion of this newspaper, it is about time the civil society organizations’ (CSOs), and other equally important groups, challenge the shenanigans of the members of the political class who, in their warped minds, are beginning to assume that democracy begins and ends with their personal interests.