In 2012, when the New Patriotic Party (NPP) led by the Danquah Institute advocated for the introduction of Biometric Voters Register (BVR), the president at the time, John Evans Atta Mills, in the interest of peace, facilitated the process and made available funds needed for a successful BVR.
Former President John Evans Atta Mills
Unfortunately, as fate would have it, Prof. John Evans Atta Mills, who ensured that the NPP, had their way could not live to contest the 2012 election, I hope Akufo-Addo, will learn a lesson from it and act wisely to save us from this country plunging into chaos.
Once again, we are at the crossroads as a country, with the election management body and the New Patriotic Party on one side agreeing to us having a new voters’ register and the National Democratic Congress (NDC) together with other political parties against the need for a new register.
The only person in the country, who has the power to give blessing and otherwise to the proposal by the Electoral Commission, is the president and he is yet to make his position known on the matter.
I am not naïve, I know the EC, is an independent body and is not subject to the control and manipulation of the Executive, in this case the president, but there comes a time in the life of every country when, the Head of State, must step in to avert any calamity, after all; we the people give him power and it is in exercising that power that, he appoints the Electoral Commissioner.
Power is an elixir that is highly intoxicating, especially in the African continent where in most countries politics is the most lucrative business, so I can understand, if president Akufo-Addo, decides not to call Jean Mensa and her Commissioners to order.
The president, whose childish dream, has been to be president and having tasted the trappings and lure of power, would find it an impossible mission to ensure that, they is a level playing field in an election, he knows if held free and fair, will lose.
President Mills, made a commitment to ensure that, Ghana, which has been the envy of African countries, does not lose that enviable position.
He stood by his commitment and gave his life, believing that, we do not have any other country, apart from this one.
On Thursday, September 12, 2019, when the Electoral Commission, led by its Chairperson, Jean Mensa, paid a courtesy call on him at Jubilee House, he said “I don’t want to win an election in Ghana because of the Electoral Commission. I want to win an election in Ghana because of the people of Ghana; that they make a free and open choice that Akufo-Addo will be, again, their choice”.
The statement by the president, speaks volume. No one forced him, he said those words, because he has thought of it. We have a saying that, there is no smoke without fire, and what the mind thinketh, the heart speaketh.
The president is aware that, Ghanaians have lost faith in him; he has failed to fulfill the lofty promises he made in 2016 that hoodwinked them to vote for him. The signs are on the wall of a disgraceful exit, and so he wants to clinch onto the last straw, which is to have the EC compile a new voters’ register.
Anytime, the EC, has compiled a new voters’ register, this country, has been on the edge. The tension that characterizes the exercise, is often very dangerous than the election itself.
We saw a dress rehearsal of what we are to expect this year in the Ayawaso West by-election. The government is ready to use every possible means at its disposal to prevent supporters of the opposition parties, especially the National Democratic Congress from registering.
A president is not only remembered for the good things he did while in office, but the things he failed to do as well.
So far, president Akufo-Addo, is setting himself up to be a president who did everything right, but through his own actions, eroded all the gains.
President Akufo-Addo, would become one of such leaders whose name would lead to negative change of countenance, whose presence pose a threat to men of goodwill, whose image the teaming masses would dread.
Akufo-Addo, was regarded as one of the finest politicians of our time, until he became president. It is said that, to whom much is given, much is expected. Having won a resounding victory against a sitting president, a feat that is rarely achieved across the world, a lot was expected of him, but he has become a liability, instead of source of pride.
The decision by the EC to compile a new register, in my mind’s eye, could be the reason why Charlotte Osei, was hurriedly dismissed through a fictitious petition.
The reason is not farfetched, NPP in opposition, has advocated for the compiling of a new, a forum was put together by the EC, they failed to convince not only the EC by Ghanaians, and so the call was aborted.
Akufo-Addo, is behaving like a child, who always wants to have his way. Anyone or anything that stands his way must be cleared.
As a beneficiary of a free and fair election in 2016, president Akufo-Addo is morally bound to supervise the organization of a free and fair polls this year. He owes Ghanaians that much.