The coronavirus disease has had a gargantuan impact on the world’s economies. However, politicians will have it worst because it is an election year. Already Donald J. Trump, the U.S. President, has been complaining on Twitter that the coronavirus pandemic is a threat to his reelection bid and blames China for it.
In Ghana, the opposition party, National Democratic Congress (NDC), recently announced that the lockdown by President Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo is a means for him to rig the 2020 election. As to whether there is a substance to that allegation, nobody knows.
Aside from the tumbling of the world’s and Ghana’s economy, there have been reported death of several individuals who will have voted but now cannot vote because they are dead.
The Electoral Commission (EC) of Ghana also had a plan of recompiling the voter’s register in April but this coronavirus scare has had it postponed. Since time is not on the side of the EC, the whole recompilation might be stopped. This development will hurt the ruling party of Ghana, NPP since they were in support of the recompilation of a new voter’s register.
Furthermore, no one knows when this coronavirus pandemic will be over. Assuming it continues further into the year, it might hurt political rallies. Political parties might not be able to gather their supporters and then talk to them. This will be the first time something like that has happened in Ghana. However, with the introduction of Comcent, a software created by Kwadwo Dwomo II and his team, political parties can be able to call on members in the various communities in Ghana and broadcast their message to them.
In 2014, when the Ebola outbreak occurred, the opposition leader at that time, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, sent a message to the President at that time, John Dramani Mahama, that if the Ebola outbreak kills anyone in Ghana, he, John Mahama, will be blamed. Fortunately for Ghanaians and John Mahama, the Ebola disease wreak havoc in the neighboring countries of Ghana but left Ghanaian untouched.
Now, the former president, John Mahama, has also sent a word of caution to the sitting president, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo that if the coronavirus kills anyone in Ghana, he must rather be blamed. Since we are hearing reports of a death of a Lebanese who is residing in Ghana, it comes to stand that the coronavirus might hurt the chances of the sitting president because Ghanaians might think that he wasn’t proactive enough in stopping this coronavirus from spreading in Ghana.
We are yet to witness the full impact of this coronavirus, however, if things continue the way they are going right now, then this coronavirus will pose a threat to the reelection of most world’s government.