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14.01.2020 Feature Article

Akufo-Addo Won Election 2016 In Spite of a Bloated NVR, Not Because of It

Akufo-Addo Won Election 2016 In Spite of a Bloated NVR, Not Because of It
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First of all, political numbskulls like Alhaji Inusah Fuseini, the National Democratic Congress’ Member of Parliament for Tamale-Central, need to get it power-drilled into their apparently impenetrable skulls and wax-sealed eardrums that it was not the minor- and foreigner-packed and heavily bloated 2016 National Voters’ Register (NVR) that got the now-President Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo elected, by a landslide, to his present post as Head-of-State and Commander-in-Chief of the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF). Rather, it was squarely the technological sophistication and airtight and foolproof vigilance of Mr. Joseph “Joe” Anokye, the current Head of the National Communications Authority (NCA), if memory serves yours truly accurately, and the latter’s team of savvy and crackerjack techies and the progress-discerning Ghanaian voters that got Nana Akufo-Addo into the NDC-vandalized, burglarized, and rundown Jubilee House.

We, bona fide Ghanaian citizens, are getting sick and tired of constantly hearing NDC scam-artists and double-salary drawing robber-barons like Messrs. Fuseini and Haruna Iddrisu scandalously pretend as if the 2016 National Voters’ Register was specially compiled for the exclusive benefit of then-Candidate Akufo-Addo (See “Compilation of New Voters’ Register ‘Stupidity, Senseless’ – Inusah Fuseini” 1/13/20). These double-salary-drawing thieves, morally uncouth and nepotistic Mahama cabinet appointees have absolutely no political credibility and moral authority to lecture Ghanaians on the kind of voters’ register that we need to use for the smooth conduct of the 2020 Presidential Election. That statutorily stipulated discretionary authority, of course, unreservedly belongs to Mrs. Jean Adukwei Mensa, the duly and legitimately appointed Chairperson of the Independent Ghana Electoral Commission (IGEC) and her senior staff associates, and not plastic surgery-bereft scarecrows and insufferably arrogant upstart entitlement-drunk Parliamentary Minority Members of the main opposition National Democratic Congress.

If, indeed, Mr. Fuseini truly believes that the compilation of a new voters’ register will not change the results of Election 2020, then why is this impudent political scumbag virulently insistent that the key operatives of the Electoral Commission are attempting to disenfranchise some people with the compilation of a new voters’ register? I bet this veritable intellectual train-wreck of an MP may be in dire need of psychiatric examination and treatment. At any rate, it ought to be quite obvious to patriotic, progressive and democracy-loving Ghanaians that the Mahama Gang thinks that it can get lucky this time around by violently and savagely bullying and intimidating its way into having a clearly credibility-lacking and scandalously bloated voters’ register used, once again, for the 2020 general election. Fat chance!

Then also, precisely who is Mr. Fuseini referring to, when the former SADA-style Lands and Roads Minister disdainfully asserts that the “EC is attempting to disenfranchise some people with the creation of a new voters’ register”? And upon what basis could the Electoral Commissioner disenfranchise any prospective or potentially eligible voter, except candidates who clearly do not meet the criteria or guidelines spelt out by the 1992 Constitution and legitimately certified by decisions rendered by the Wood, Akuffo and, presently, the Anin-Yeboah-presided Supreme Court of Ghana? Let any of these infamous scofflaws and mischief-makers attempt to reverse the legitimate mandate of the people and see just what happens.

By Kwame Okoampa-Ahoofe, Jr., PhD
English Department, SUNY-Nassau
Garden City, New York
January 13, 2020
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