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NDC Is an Institutional Contradiction

NDC Is an Institutional Contradiction
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The very name of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) contradicts and contravenes, as well, all established tenets of Ghana’s democratic history and culture. In short, it is indisputable that by its very historical antecedent from the erstwhile Jerry John Rawlings-led junta of the so-called erstwhile Provisional National Defense Council (PNDC), the leaders of the present main opposition National Democratic Congress ought to be the last crop of Ghanaian citizens to be screaming against civic and/or electoral disenfranchisement. You see, for twenty years, the Rawlings Posse, to varying degrees of extremity, literally rode roughshod over the human and civil rights of Ghanaians, even as a faux-civilian and “elected” political party.

So, it inexcusably insults the intelligence of all law-abiding and democracy-loving Ghanaian citizens for the criminal leaders of the National Democratic Congress to be comedically protesting what these moral and political reprobates term as the unconstitutional disenfranchisement of a remarkable percentage of Ghanaians by the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) in Election 2020 (See “New Register: NDC Drags AG, EC to Supreme Court” 5/26/20). It is rather risible because the same NDC party stalwarts and apparatchiks who are “praying” for the Supreme Court to literally afford carte-blanche to virtually every adult resident in the country, irrespective of real citizenship status, to capriciously exercise the franchise which, by the way, is a criminal violation of Ghana’s 1992 Republican Constitution, are the same people who have impugned and have been vigorously challenging the constitutional right of Ghana’s Parliament to vote to sanction the compilation of a new National Biometric Voters’ Register (NBVR).

That the Rawlings Posse has an indelible history of brutally assassinating judges of the highest court of the land who did not agree with them in all matters purely judicial and ideological, makes their present petition absolutely untenable and patently absurd. The use of private investigators by former President John Dramani Mahama, that is, the now-Candidate Mahama, to globally and thoroughly undermine the credibility of the institution of the Ghanaian Judiciary and the Judicial System, instead of using our taxpayer-underwritten Nation Security Agency (NSA) or Apparatus, clearly exposes the moral and legal incompetence of the plaintiffs. But, of course, what is at issue here – and we have absolutely no doubt that they will handily prevail, is for Attorney-General Gloria Akuffo and Electoral Commission Chairperson Jean Adukwei Mensa to prove beyond any shadow or iota of doubt that, indeed, the sort of Voters’ Registration Card that the leaders of the National Democratic Congress would have rammed down the throats of the Ghanaian citizenry is irredeemably defective.

You see, the suit of the National Democratic Congress’ plaintiffs is crassly and grossly and irreparably incompetent because it is actually Ghana’s Parliament that has deliberated upon and resoundingly approved the use of the All-Purpose National Identification Card as the main Voters’ ID Card, and not either the Office of the Attorney-General or The Presidency, as the presumptuously proprietary leaders of the National Democratic Congress would have Ghanaians believe, or even the Jean Mansa-chaired Independent Electoral Commission. Curiously, though not surprisingly, the plaintiffs do not cite Ghana’s Parliament or National Assembly as the primary respondent or even or of the respondents of their DOA suit. The NDC lawsuit is decidedly Dead-on-Arrival because it grossly incompetently ignores the fact that the decision to use the National Identification Card as the main voters’ ID Card is a bona fide Act of Parliament, and not a capricious policy initiative exclusively determined by the administrators of the Jean Mensa-headed Independent Electoral Commission.

We also know that Birth Certificates and Passports may also be legitimately used to vote, as also the testimonies of bona fide Ghanaian citizens as witnesses for voters’ whose identity cannot be readily established from the public records. The good news here, of course, is that suit or no suit, both the Voters’ Registration and the National Identification Registration exercises will proceed as scheduled without and lets or hindrances.

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By Kwame Okoampa-Ahoofe, Jr., PhD

English Department, SUNY-Nassau

Garden City, New York

May 26, 2020

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Kwame Okoampa-Ahoofe, Jr., Ph.D.
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