IF A NEW REGISTER WOULD ESCALATE COVID-19 CASES, THEN QUEUING TO VOTE ON DECEMBER 7 WOULD DO WORSE

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IF A NEW REGISTER WOULD ESCALATE COVID-19 CASES, THEN QUEUING TO VOTE ON DECEMBER 7 WOULD DO WORSE

To add savory touches to their failed attempts to garner the needed support to help them successfully scuttle the planned compilation of a new register by the Electoral Commission, the NDC, at their press event, emphasized that any attempt by the EC to go ahead with the registration exercise would lead to an escalation of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The 40-day exercise, they contend, would lead to more people contracting the virus. This, they poignantly point out, should be sound enough to trigger a groundswell of support against the decision by the EC to compile a new register.

This particular point fails the litmus test when logical reasoning is called upon to take a centre stage in this discourse. Let us subject this to a critical scrutiny and see if the point is commonsensical in the scheme of things.

If 17 million people are to be captured in 40 days, on the average, 425,000 people would be registered in a day. This, the NDC insists, would escalate the spread of the virus, and should, therefore, form the basis for the EC to pull the brakes on the registration exercise.

What they, however, failed to take cognizance of is the fact that if 17 million people spread over a period of 40 days (425,000) would lead to the virus escalating at an alarming rate, what would 17 million people queuing in one (1) day, not 40 days, bring?

Putting it differently, they say that 425,000 people a day who would be subjected to safety protocols would spread coronavirus but a possible convergence of 17 million people on the day of elections cannot cause a spike in the number of infections!

The illogicality in their argument lies in the fact that if 425,000 people going to register in a day can escalate the coronavirus pandemic, then the entire 17 million people queuing to vote on December 7 would hyperbolically skyrocket the infections.

The NDC might as well urge the EC and Ghanaians not to hold elections this year since the virus, per their argument, would lead to an increase in the number of infections as long as people would converge.

As I have said time without number that if the argument is that if queuing to have a new register would lead to a hike in the number of coronavirus infections, then queuing for a limited registration exercise and voting on December 7 would not bring any different result. If going to the polls is unavoidable, then queuing to register should not be negotiable!

P.K. Sarpong, Whispers from the Corridors of the Thinking Place.

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