President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has accused former President John Dramani Mahama of exhibiting double standards with regards to his pronouncements on the independence of the Electoral Commission (EC) of Ghana, saying that his views depend on whether or not he is in power.
President Akufo-Addo, speaking at the 20th anniversary celebration of the founding of the Tertiary Students Confederation (TESCON), on Tuesday, 18th February, 2020, in Ho, in the Volta Region, reacted to claims made by former President Mahama to the effect that there could be strife after the December 7, 2020 elections because the Electoral Commission (EC) has refused to listen to those opposed to the compilation of a new voters register and is going head to compile it.
“I think that it is important for the credibility of our national public discourse that public persons are seen to be consistent in their views and advocacy…It cannot be right that when you are President, you say one thing, and, when you become leader of the Opposition, you say another,” he said.
President Akufo-Addo said that when His Excellency John Dramani Mahama was in power, he supported all the actions of the EC and defended its independence but once he is now in opposition, he has changed his views.
Former President John Mahama had said, in when protests greeted the EC when he was President that the EC needed to be given the peace of mind to do its work.
President Nana Akufo-Addo insisted that the independence of the EC hasn’t changed.
“Firstly, the exclusive constitutional responsibility of the Electoral Commission for compiling an electoral register has not changed. It has done so on three occasions since the inauguration of the 4th Republic. None of the registers compiled by the Electoral Commission – 1995, 2004, 2012 – the last two in election years, on one occasion when the NPP was in office, the other when the NDC was in office – led to any disturbance or upheaval in the country, despite whatever reservations any of the political parties of the time had over any of those registers. The people of Ghana registered in peace and tranquility, and voted accordingly,” he asserted.
He then dismissed Mahama’s assertions that there could be strife and chaos if the EC persisted and went ahead to compile a new voters register.
“But I want to assure him that there will be no strife, there will be no conflict after the December 7 general elections. The good sense of the Ghanaian people, which has preserved the peace and stability of the 4th Republic for the last 27 years, will continue to prevail, and they will not permit any poor, desperate loser to plunge this country into chaos. Ghana is bigger than the ambitions of any of us,” he assured.