The flagbearer of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), John Dramani Mahama says the party is disappointed in the Supreme Court’s ruling.
He said the party disagrees with the Supreme Court’s decision to allow the Electoral Commission (EC) to exclude the voter ID card and birth certificates from the list of identification documents needed to register to be able to vote in the December polls.
At a press conference on Thursday, June 25, 2020, the former president maintained that the party vehemently opposes the outcome of the case it [NDC] filed at the Supreme Court.
“Despite the well-reasoned reliefs we sought, the apex court of the land gave the leeway for the Electoral Commission to go ahead with the exclusion of the existing voter identification cards from the list of identification requirements. We are deeply disappointed and strongly disagree with the court over this outcome, which has confounded many legal experts and thrown the country into a state of confusion,” he said.
According to Mr. Mahama, the legal team of the NDC “is examining this decision even as we await the full judgement”.
July 15 reason date worrying
The NDC leader also expressed worry over the Court’s time frame to provide the reasons for its ruling by Wednesday, July 15, 2020.
“It is worrying that the Court deferred the reasons for its decisions to the 15th of July, by which time the EC would have been two weeks into the registration exercise.”
The Supreme Court ruling
On Thursday, June 25, 2020, the Supreme Court of Ghana ruled that the existing voter ID card and birth certificates cannot be used as proof of identity to register in the upcoming voter registration exercise.
The seven-member panel also cleared the Electoral Commission to go ahead and compile a new voters’ register for the 2020 general elections.
However, the General Secretary of the NDC, Johnson Asiedu Nketia shortly after the ruling proclaimed that the existing voter ID card will now be accepted by the EC for the registration exercise and that, they have been vindicated.
The apex court stressed that the EC was exercising its discretion in the discharge of its constitutional mandate in cleaning the voters register and “should be deemed as authorized to be acting within the law and the regulations therein, and cannot be faulted even if it is considered that there is a more efficient mode or method available.”
It held that the EC “in performing their mandate under Article 45 of the Constitution 1992 cannot be compelled to act in a particular manner unless there is clear evidence that they have acted unconstitutionally.”
Beyond this, the Supreme Court reminded that it could not make decisions for a constitutional body like the EC which was “exercising the discretion conferred on it by the Constitution unless they act contrary to it.”
Why the NDC went to court
The NDC was before the Court asking for a declaration on the existing voter ID card as a valid proof of identity for the purposes of voter registration.
It argued that the existing voter ID card remains a valid proof of citizenship per the Court’s own earlier decision, as such cannot be excluded from the required documents one can rely on to register in the June 30 voter registration exercise.
The party felt this amendment will lead to many Ghanaians being disenfranchised.
Source: Citi Newsroom
Akufo-Addo working hard to rig election 2020 – A Plus alleges
Social Commentator, Kwame Obeng Asare known widely as Kwame A Plus says the President of Ghana, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo is aware he does not deserve a second term.
The former member of the New Patriotic Party(NPP) backed this with a video of the then Candidate Akufo-Addo speaking on the need to vote any government out if it does not perform to the expectation of the people who voted them into power.
A Plus indicated that the President has been the opposite of whatever promise he made to the Ghanaian populace prior to 2016 elections and therefore needed to be voted out of power.
“This man right here promised to reduce ministers. He increased it. This man promised not to run a family and friends government, today it is worse. This man promised a stronger cedi. Today the cedi is worse than it was. This man promised to fight corruption by using Anas’ strategy. Today he is fighting Anas. This man promised to protect the public purse. Today he is fighting the Auditor-General and everybody who is protecting our money so that his people like Osafo Marfo can have their way. This man used investigations by Manasseh Azure to conclude that the NDC was corrupt and rallied Ghanaians to vote them out. Today he is fighting the same Manasseh.”
He alleged that since the President is aware of the fact that he will lose the elections so he is working so hard to rig the election.
“He knows very well that he does not deserve a second term. And he knows the good people of Ghana will not vote for him twice After the dishonest, lies and failed promises so he is planning on how to rig the elections. That’s the only option left for him now.”
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“Ghana will become worse off if Mahama becomes President again” – Prof Stephen Adei
As Ghana prepares for 2020 polls, a lot of people are saying that the major opposition party NDC led by John Mahama could floor the ruling Government NPP, led by Nana Addo.
However, Professor Stephen Adei who was the Former Rector of the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA) has said that voting for Mahama could make the situations in Ghana worse.
This isn’t the first time he’s making such a statement and he’s standing right on it again saying that Mahama is not competent enough and well equipped with the necessary qualities such as strategic thinking, amongst others to lead the country.
“The above argument leads to whether Mahama has the leadership qualities to lead Mahama/Naana duo to make a difference in Ghana in the one term in four years. In that regard, I stand by my assertion which I made 16th October 2016…it still holds; John Mahama today as he was then, does not have the full complement of leadership competencies to lead Ghana, be it on vision, strategic thinking, selecting or leading even a team B, curbing the menace of corruption or prosecuting a credible development agenda”, he told Joy SMS host Kojo Yankson, monitored by MyNewsGh.com
“Ghana will become the worse off if Mahama becomes president again.”, Prof. Adei said vehemently.
He added that “the NDC did Ghana a disservice by fielding him as a one-term presidential candidate, who can serve for only four years.”
Continuing, he said “even among the narrow confines of those who contested him were better candidates.”
Those who contested Mr Mahama during the NDC presidential primaries were Professor Joshua Alabi, Alban Kingsford Sumana Bagbin, Sylvester Mensah, Dr Ekow Spio-Gabrah and Goosie Tanoh
“But Ghana’s politics does not always produce the best candidates but those who ‘moneycracy’ and propaganda favour”, said Professor Adei.
John Mahama inaugurates NDC’s 2020 campaign team
John Dramani Mahama has inaugurates the NDC’s 2020 campaign team.
2020 Presidential hopeful on the tickets of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) has inaugurated his campaign team.
He announced it on his social media handles.
“2020 Campaign Team. It was exciting to see a team that is poised to deliver VICTORY in the 2020 election.
I thanked the National Executives of the NDC for their unanimous endorsement of Professor Naana Jane Opoku-Agyemang as my Running Mate.
I have for a very long time held the view that women must take their seat at the highest level of decision making.
Naana is a great person, distinguished, empathetic, principled and committed to promoting women and student causes.”
He remains confident he will win the 2020 General Elections.
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