Come December 7th, 2020, the Ghanaian electorate will have another golden opportunity to exercise their franchise in both presidential and parliamentary elections.
Though the country has conducted several elections since the nation returned to constitutional rule in 1992, the condition precedents are however not the same.
Worthy of note is the fact that with six months to general elections, the nation is battling to contain the threat posed by the current global pandemic, COVID-19 whiles also faced with our inability to agree and conclude on a credible voters register ahead of the December polls.
A non-state actor, the PALI Center for Governance and Civic Engagement, in a release signed by Paa Kumi Frank, the
Founding President of PALI, and copied to News Ghana on 4th June, 2020, urged the electoral management body (The Electoral Commission of Ghana), to remain focused and resolute even in the midst of a seemingly unconducive environment so as not to succumb to the directions of any external forces which are likely to impede our electoral fortunes of peace and stability.
The release further read, “We wish to remind the EC of its constitutional obligations to the Ghanaian people (To deliver an impartial, credible and transparent elections) and it is in this vein, that PALI is of the view that the only means by which Ghanaians can hold the EC accountable is premised on the score of giving them the needed space and cooperation together with the matching resources to administer its mandate.
We cannot be interfering with the operational strategies and decision making privilege of the EC, only to turn around and apportion blame in an event of a possible administrative and operational lapse.
As much as we concede that public opinion and stakeholders’ input play a vital role in shaping inclusive governance and participatory democracy, we must equally be conscious of where to draw the line.
We admonish the main opposition party together with its constituents to explore legitimate means in seeking redress under Ghanaians laws. To the governing party, they must also exercise circumspection in their utterances and allow the EC to do their own public relations work.
We finally urge the national security apparatus to be on red alert and employ civility in dealing with any person or group of persons whose actions and utterances has the potential to endanger public peace before,during, and after election 2020.
The PALI Center will also admonish the EC to live up to expectation by departing from the business as usual approach of being stern and apply more tact since we are in unusual times.
The EC is encouraged to note that well meaning Ghanains will support them in their efforts to provide a credible voter’s register for election 2020 as they embrace creativity, innovation and technological tools in the context of the 21st century setting.”