December 7th necessity be a Ghanaian election, not a West African election’ – Akufo-Addo
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President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo says it have got to be the collective reliability of Ghanaians to guarantee that the country has a keep details ready to go for drive for the conduct of the December 7 presidential and parliamentary elections.
According to head Akufo-Addo, “we requisite every single one effect solid that people who act not encounter the requirements, as firm out openly in the Constitution, execute not locate their names into the register. If you minister to the registration of an disqualified person, and you are caught, you will be opposite the full up rigours of the law.”
Addressing the inhabitants on Monday, 29th June, 2020, in advance of the conduct of the voter registration carrying out on Tuesday, 30th June, the head stressed that “the vote on 7th December duty be a Ghanaian election, not a West African election, conducted with a voter chronicle of Ghanaians. That is the single mode the genuine will of the Ghanaian folks bottle manifest.”
He, thus, urged altogether eligible Ghanaians, i.e. that is Ghanaians of eighteen (18) existence of get older or above, and of test mind, to set out out and register, as a result that they be able to keep fit their municipal responsibilities on 7th December, 2020, to return a authority of their abundance in a free, fair, peaceful and transparent election.
“Using your God-given and constitutional civil rights expenditure nothing, but staying home town be able to be as long as at a identical steep price. The pandemic, notwithstanding, we enjoy to strengthen Ghanaian democracy,” he added.
Describing the compilation of the voters’ express as one of the a good number critical errands in the of use functioning of any democracy, head Akufo-Addo celebrated that if an eligible citizen’s maiden name is not on the register, that inhabitant cannot put into effect the accurately to vote, and cannot, therefore, participate in the determination of the high-quality of the authority of the day. “It is, thus, significantly principal that every eligible voters register, so, on the designated day of 7th December, they tin make your choice to indicate the head of the nation, and the associate of house of their area. In effect, our vote, our thumb, is the expression of our idiosyncratic monarch intensity as a citizen, which we must treasure and safeguard at completely times,” he said.
head Akufo-Addo reassured every single one eligible voters of their security at the 33,327 polling stations across the country, elucidation that the Electoral charge has put in categorize the necessary, elaborate protocols for the process.
“All these protocols be supposed to be adhered to strictly. Additionally, I like to repeat every part of Ghanaians that every part of the other protocols and restrictions, exceptionally folks selling with big gatherings, duty be adhered to and enforced at the polling stations at entirely times. So, assent to us every single one abide by them, and conduct ourselves in a approach be applicable the image and importance of Ghana,” he added.
The head continued, “If you sort out not display now, you cannot cast your vote in December. dowry your Ghana license or passport, which are the just two forms of legally binding identification. In the nonexistence of any of these bona fide IDs, an applicant know how to submit one finished Identification warrant Form, approved by two registered voters, to be registered and issued with a voter documents card. By these procedures, every single one eligible voters will be registered. No disenfranchisement of voters is contemplated by them.”
December polls necessity be held
With selected disagreeing that, in the center of a pandemic, the compilation of a new register, and, indeed, the conduct of the presidential and parliamentary elections be supposed to be put on hold, and scheduled for a soon date, perhaps, while the deadly disease ends, the head acknowledged that “that is not possible”.
He explained that the Constitution of our nation makes no provision for the annex of the mandate of the President, who wields executive power, beyond four (4) years.
“To use executive prerogative in the Ghanaian state, you essential be duly chosen by the Ghanaian people. You have got to take their freely-expressed consent. On 7th January, 2021, once my mandate as the contemporary head expires, a duly selected character necessity be glad to be sworn in as head of the Republic,” he said.
Continuing, he stressed that “there is no other way, and, in request to avert any needless constitutional controversy, which can pitch our people into jeopardy, we be required to choose on 7th December 2020. The unchanged applies to Parliament. We must not nightmare or be alarmed. although the COVID pandemic, elections are living being as it should be conducted in a lot of nations across the globe.”
Citing examples of countries such as South Korea, Poland, Mali and Malawi, who give birth to every part of apprehended elections in the center of the pandemic, head Akufo-Addo was certain that “surely, it is not beyond Ghana to bond these nations in organising a victorious broad election, equal in the center of the pandemic.”