Akufo-Addo and Jean Mensa want to plunge this country into chaos

Akufo Addo and Jean Mensa Akufo Addo and Jean Mensa

We are running this editorial to stress the point that the concerns we raised when it was first published has been confirmed with the Wednesday announcement by the Electoral Commission chairperson, Jean Mensa that, Akufo-Addo, has won the 2020 presidential election.

The assertion by president Akufo-Addo that Ghana, will make the world proud during the December 7 elections, cannot be true, considering the lethargic manner the election management body, has handled issues from the voters' registration exercise to the ongoing exhibition.

Addressing the 75th Session of United Nations General Assembly on Wednesday, President Akufo-Addo stated that, Ghanaians have agreed to work together to ensure transparent, free, fair, safe and credible elections.

"It is a matter of great pride to me that, in spite of the difficulties in conducting an election during a pandemic, I am able to state that all Ghanaians have agreed that we have to work together to ensure peaceful elections," he said.

There is a lot to be said about the voters' register that makes it central to every election. If a politician or political party, is able to connive with the national electoral body, the Electoral Commission (EC), to swing data in the register to their side, the opponents, no matter how poised they are to win, are woefully doomed.

Regrettably, the EC, does not seem prepared for the task ahead, as the intransigent nature they have adopted is threatening to erode all the gains we have made since 1992.

It is safe to surmise that no compiling of voters' register has generated so much tension and animus in the polity since 1992, when the Fourth Republican dispensation came into force.

In the considered opinion of this newspaper, the intervention by the former president and flagbearer of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), John Dramani Mahama, calling on the EC to be transparent and engage more with the stakeholders, especially the political parties is welcome news.

The behavior of the Jean Mensa-led electoral commission, has the potential to ridicule this nation in the eyes of the international community and the promise by the president, will only remain what it is, a promise.

All that we have achieved as enumerated by the president, will come to not, as long as the EC, behaves like it is not accountable to the people.

Ghanaians by no means, do not expect a picture-perfect election delivered in December, but some obvious freckles that have become permanent fixtures in the country's election administration and which perennially leave the nation's election management body in credibility deficit, need to be tackled.

In our opinion, the propensity to manipulate the electoral process starts with the voter's register given the fact that democracy is a game of numbers and so all eyes are on the EC and the government, no shenanigans will be accepted. Ghana is all we have.

Source: www.theheraldghana.com