27th May 2024

NDC's Delegation at an NPP Conference

By Newton-Offei Justice Abeeku

The leadership of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), their party fool-soldiers and horde of media assigns have been claiming that “disagreement over electoral results have been the source of civil wars in Africa”.

As a result, they have decided to engage in this totally useless enterprise of desperately seeking to stampede the Electoral Commission from undertaking its legally-mandated duty of compiling a new voters’ register to ensure credibility, integrity, transparency and fairness of the 2020 general elections.

Stone-age mentality

This mentality of NDC, unquestionably, cements the fact that, indeed, this is a group of people consumed with the backward mentality of “you either come my way or you hit the highway”, which in loose Ghanaian parlance translates thus, “ebeko goal diee, enko corner”.

What is expected of a serious entity being manned by individuals with their heads properly screwed-on, and ready to govern a nation, is putting in place efficaciously elaborate systems to collect, collate and compile results, to serve as evidence in case you have misgivings about the results and decide to go to court.

This is exactly what the New Patriotic Party (NPP) did in 2012. Even though the verdict didn’t go in the party’s favour, the country moved on in one piece and Ghanaians carried on with their lives in the subsequent four years of uninterrupted “dumsor” and monumental heights of looting of state coffers, with all its attendant socio-economic tailspin.

In this day and age of IT-driven globalised world, where nothing can be hidden because every detailed information is readily available at the click of a button, the issuance of threats of civil war is not just backwardness, but symptomatic of advanced state of debilitating  mental atrophy.

Africa, over the years, has had an image of fighting and slaughtering poor innocent citizens over electoral disputes, so such stone-age madness must continue? The leadership of NDC has certainly stopped thinking!

For the records

On September 1 2017, the Supreme Court of Kenya annulled the results of presidential elections and ordered a rerun. Just this week, the constitutional court of Malawi has annulled a presidential election and ordered a rerun.

These are African countries which are often associated with backwardness, but decisions of the court were respected.

In 2012, NPP went to court over massive fraud in the presidential election but the verdict didn’t go in their favour and the country moved on.

As we speak, the result of Democrats Iowa caucus elections held this week is still in limbo due to failed electronic machines.

We have had a situation in Ghana where general elections were actually held over nearly 72 hours instead of one day.

And as to how, today, a simple regular compilation of a new voters’ register, which will be available to every eligible Ghanaian voter without let or hindrance, could be deemed as a ploy by any person, a group or entity, to rig elections, only the NDC can explain.

Sensible posture

Now, the point I’m driving home here is simple: If the existing voter register and equipment are used for the 2020 elections, or a new register and system are used, there still could be hitches.

The sensible posture to adopt, therefore, is ensuring that every action we take, should we be dissatisfied with the process at any stage, is perfectly within the confines of the law.

Issuing threats of civil war over election results is a stone-age mentality associated with socio-economic “gangsterism” exhibited by visionless bigots and unpatriotic imbeciles.

With less than a year to general elections, a political entity desperate for power has not been able to present a single policy alternative to the good people of this country. The focus has been abject nonsensical, retrogressive cacophony and pernicious verbal diarrhoea.

Wet dreams

And like I’ve said before, the new voters’ register will be compiled, the 2020 elections will be held, the winners will be declared, they’ll be duly sworn into office and Ghana will move on.

Those constantly having wet dreams about civil war are free to migrate to places like Yemen, Syria, Afghanistan, Libya and Iraq.


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