The Minister of Information, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, has emphatically stated that, the Akufo-Addo led Administration does not intend to serve beyond its constitutionally mandate despite the seeming distortion of the political calendar by COVID-19.
The Minister made this known during a press briefing on Tuesday[12th May,2020] on COVID-19 management situation in the country.
Kojo Oppong Nkrumah emphatically stated that the government does not see “any justifiable reason to seek to extend its first term constitutional mandate using the virus as an excuse, without a safe, free and fair election.”
To this end, he went on to say that credible elections will be held with all safety etiquettes adhered to during the exercise.
His remarks are the most assuring yet about the December polls in the face of speculations in some quarters that the exercise could be postponed, a situation which would have triggered an unprecedented constitutional crisis in the country.
The conduct of the December 7, 2020 polls is quite uncertain, following a suspension of some electoral activities over COVID-19.
The Electoral Commission (EC) was forced to suspend indefinitely, plans to compile a new voter’s register which was scheduled to begin on April 18, due to COVID-19.
While some have cast doubts over the ability of the Electoral Commission to compile a new voter’s register ahead of the presidential and parliamentary elections, others have already been considering the practicalities of some constitutional provisions to be considered.
According to Kojo Nkrumah, the government had taken note of the commentary and has no plans of extending its mandate.
He further indicated that just as other countries such as Ivory Coast and Burundi are considering ways of holding elections in the wake of the pandemic, Ghana should also invest its energies in exploring how to do same.
“The government is of the view that instead of contemplating measures that are not envisaged in the constitution, our best energies, our innovation and creativity should be invested in exploring how a country like ours can have safe and free elections”
The Electoral Commission in a statement has disclosed that plans are far advanced for the compilation of a new voter registration exercise.
According to the EC, it has not abandoned its intended plan to compile a new voter’s register for the 2020 general elections hence it will observe all the necessary coronavirus safety measures to compile a new register.
The EC noted that, they will adhere to the precautionary measures from the government in their quest to compile new voters register.
The EC has also hinted it is collaborating with health experts to decide on a more favourable date depending on the prevalence rate of the Novel Coronavirus.
By: Felicia Gyasiwaah Dadzie / Kingdom 107.7 FM / Kingdom TV/ Kingdomfmonline.com / email@example.com / Ghana / 2020