It is rather amusing to hear Mr. Elvis Afriyie Ankrah, the so-called Director of Elections of the country’s main opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), lecture Ghanaians on how the sharp upsurge in the number of eligible Ghanaian voters who have tested positive for the COVID-19 Pandemic, I presume, offers a prime pretext for the administrators of the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) to summarily abort the imperative necessity of protecting the immutable integrity of the National Biometric Voters’ Register (NBVR) – (See “Voter Registration Exercise May Escalate COVID-19 Cases – NDC” Modernghana.com 5/21/20).
If the likes of Mr. Afriyie Ankrah, the Mahama-appointed Sports Minister who globally embarrassed Ghanaians at the 2014 Brazil World Cup Soccer Tournament, had any remarkable modicum of respect for the value of Ghanaian lives, he would rather be commonsensically advocating for Election 2020 to be promptly postponed until the COVID-19 Pandemic has peaked and subsided to a conducive level for normal civic activities to resume, rather than inadvisably counseling the blind and criminal use of a massively contaminated voters’ register. It ought to be clear to political cynics like the sometime Mahama Presidential Campaign Manager that effectively bankrupting the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS), as his former paymaster did for some four-and-half years of Dumsor, or total power-supply blackout, cost the lives of more Ghanaian citizens than the COVID-19 Pandemic.
What with the at once inexcusably callous and barbarous denial of a fee-free access to our Senior High School System of talented and able-bodied Ghanaian youths? The preceding is precisely what Nigeria’s Nobel Literature Prize Laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka, means when the legendary scholar, poet, playwright, essayist, social critic, political activist and sometime external examiner of the University of Ghana’s School for the Performing Arts, virulently accuses former President John Dramani Mahama and his rag-tag gang of thievish associates of wanton political criminality of having stolen the futures of millions of Ghanaian youths and shamelessly attempting to regroup in order to, once again, rob millions of Ghanaian youths of their futures.
It is also quite obvious that Mr. Afriyie Ankrah, who criminally and kleptocratically caused the Ghanaian taxpayer to lose millions of cedis to the Brazilian government, in the dumbest of official policy decisions, by causing to be flown to Brasilia millions of dollars of liquid cash for the players of the Black Stars, could not care less what happens to the futures of our proverbial Leaders-of-Tomorrow, and thus the very future development of our country. For the likes of Mr. Afriyie Ankrah, in the memorable words of Justice Jones Victor Mawulorm Dotse, it is all about “Creating, Looting and Sharing,” the rest of us “Wretched of the Earth,” my profound apologies to Dr. Frantz Fanon, could literally go to hell.
As for this nonsense about it not being practically realistic for the Independent Electoral Commission to register some 17 to 18 million Ghanaians to vote in the December 2020 General Election within 40 days, cynics like the Mahama Posse need to remember that most of us adult Ghanaian citizens were witnesses to the creation of some 35 new parliamentary seats by the NDC-appointed Dr. Kwadwo Afari-Gyan in August 2012, with scarcely four months to Election Day, on bigoted grounds that the 1992 Constitution inalienably empowered him to do just that, even against the very public protestation of former President John Agyekum-Kufuor, a man who was not known to be an avid partisan of the then-Candidate Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.
It ought to be crystal clear, at this juncture, that the proprietary arrogance of morally bankrupt politicians like Mr. Afriyie Ankrah prevents these payola-guzzling pathological scam-artists from fully appreciating the fact that they are not way over and above the laws of the land.
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