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The Inter-Party Resistance Against New Voter Register (IPRAN), has petitioned former President Jerry John Rawlings to seek his counsel in its quest to stop the Electoral Commission from compiling a new register ahead of the 2020 elections.

A delegation of the coalition, led by Peoples National Convention (PNC) National Chairman, Bernard Mornah, who met the former President at his office on Tuesday, said the Electoral Commission’s “refusal to listen to wise counsel particularly from persons who have participated in the electoral process for a very long time has led to very painful but wrong decisions”.

The coalition said while the Electoral Commission may have a mandate to compile a new register, “The mandate must be within reasonable limits. The mandate of leadership is vested in the people and the Ghanaian people are saying that apply some economic reasoning. We are telling the Electoral Commission that if it’s not broken, don’t fix it!”

Detailing the group’s stance against the Electoral Commission’s proposal, the PNC Chairman said during the last local government elections there was a 0.6 failure rate with the use of the existing biometric equipment and questioned why based on such a high efficiency rate, the Commission would wish to replace equipment and also do away with 17 million names in the voter database.

Mornah said Civil Society organisations had gone into the market and done an assessment of the features the Electoral Commission intends to introduce and realized that the Commission’s budget of $833 million is 60 per cent above budget.

LIMITED VOTER REGISTRATION
The IPRAN spokesperson was critical of the Electoral Commission’s planning, stating that it was a waste of resources for the Commission to organize a limited voter registration exercise in 2019 only to turn around a few months later with plans to discard the register it had only recently updated.

The coalition said compiling a new voters register in an election year will come at a huge cost to political parties in terms of time and resources. “Having the registration means the parties have to jettison some of their programmes to accommodate the process. From May to July we expect the Electoral Commission to compile the register, after which they will have to exhibit it. This will give the parties very limited time to campaign. If you do a cursory assessment, each political party needs about ¢180 million to accommodate the marshalling, training of registration agents and other logistics for the registration exercise.”

Expressing concern about the hardline stance of the Electoral Commission, Bernard Mornah noted that during the last limited voter registration exercise when the Commission was informed there were approximately 1,700,000 potential new registrants it estimated for 700,000 persons and decided to use only their district offices for the processes against counsel from the political parties. “Eventually when the registration was done, with all the shortfalls, we registered 1.2milion people, indicative of the fact that if they hadn’t failed to listen to counsel we could have had more people on the new register.”

IPAC
National Democratic Congress Chairman, Samuel Ofosu Ampofo also expressed concern about the seeming neglect of the Inter-Party Advisory Committee (IPAC) by the current Commission. He said Ghana’s democracy had been managed on consensus building since 1992.

“Even when the NPP boycotted Parliament in 1992 and did not participate in the election under your leadership (President Rawlings’), IPAC was designed so that NPP outside Parliament can make some input into our electoral laws as we moved into the 1996 elections, so that they will also have some say. IPAC has been a time-tested institution. Even though not backed by law, by convention it has helped in shaping the electoral process of this country. Unfortunately, under the new Electoral Commission leadership, engagement with IPAC is not part of their agenda,” Ofosu Ampofo said.

FORMER PRESIDENT RAWLINGS
Responding to the petition, former President Rawlings called for patience on both sides and urged the coalition and the Electoral Commission not take entrenched positions. He urged the coalition to ensure that eminent personalities and institutions such as the former Presidents, the Electoral Commission’s Eminent Advisory Committee and the Council of State are all informed.

“There is so much mistrust that if we do not find a way of dealing with some of these issues, they will remain and sour the atmosphere during the election period. It will keep us very close to an ignition point which will be very unnecessary.

“This coming election is going to be a truly serious thing and nobody must take the process for granted or think they can get away with making the wrong moves. The steps being taken must be transparent so no one has any doubts about the integrity of the process. Whoever wants to win will necessarily have to win by free and fair means,” former President Rawlings, stated.

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Video: Bawumia shouldn’t contest for NPP flag bearer-ship to save his life – Prophet Kofi Amponsah – ghanapublisher.com

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Prophet Kofi Amponsah, the leader and the founding President of House of Ezra Prayer Center Worldwide Ministry in Asonomaso Nkwanta in the Ashanti Region has given a shocking revelation on the vice president of Ghana, His Excellency Dr. Mahamadu Bawumia.

In a video cited by ghanapublisher.com, the prophets is seen saying without mincing words that, the vice president should avoid showing interest in the 2024 NPP Flag bearer-ship contest if he wants to have a long life.

In recent activities regarding who succeeds the president in NPP in 2024 elections, a lot of wranglings has started happening in the NPP with  faction creation in the party on the side of some stalwart like Dr. Bawumiah, Alan Kyeremateng and Dr Afriyie Atoko with breaking the 8 agenda as proposed by the NPP party.

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Breaking the eight (8), NPP must be guided by history – Sir Obama – ghanapublisher.com

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After the overthrow of Dr. Kofi Abrefa Busia’s government on 13th January, 1972, the Danquah-Dombo-Busia tradition began to have its own internal problems: Two heavyweights – Victor Owusu and William Ofori-Atta (hereafter referred to as Paa Willie), high profile members of the Busia-led Progress Party (PP) of the 2nd Republic had difficulties in regrouping to launch a party to “fight” the 1979 presidential and parliamentary elections.

Differences emerged amongst them prior to the formation of a distinct political party to contest the election. Majority of the group led by Victor Owusu, a renowned lawyer and a former Attorney-General under Busia’s government formed the Popular Front Party (PFP) and became its flagbearer. (He garnered 70 votes as against his main contender, Alhaji Yakubu Tali’s 36 who became his running-mate in their internal election. Other aspirants in that contest were; Dr. Kwame Safo-Adu, J.H. Mensah (senior minister under Kufuor’s government), Kwesi Lamptey, Saki Schek, A Chinbua and B.D. Addae.)

Ironically, personalities such as Dr. Obed Asamoah, Sam Okudzeto (Council of State Member), E.R. Madjetey, etc who belonged to Komla Gbedemah’s National Alliance of Liberals (NAL) who were in opposition to the Progress Party in the 2nd Republican Parliament formed the United National Convention (UNC) and settled on Paa Willie who had almost retired from active politics as its flagbearer.

The UNC, apart from having some NAL elements as its core members, also had “new faces” like General Amankwaa Afrifa (a former military Head of State), Peter Ala-Adjetey (a former Speaker of Parliament under Kufuor), the venerable Harry Sawyerr (former Minister of Education under Rawlings), vintage Adu Boahen (first presidential candidate of the NPP) among others who were “not known or active members” of the Progress Party of the 2nd Republic. The animosity between the PFP and UNC kept widening by the day.

Alhaji Imoru Egala, founder of the People’s National Party (PNP), a chip of Kwame Nkrumah’s CPP block took advantage of the Danquah-Dombo-Busia tradition’s woes and sponsored the candidacy of Dr. Hilla Limann to contest the election. He (Egala) was then serving a 12-year ban imposed by the Supreme Court which prohibited all CPP appointees in the first Republic from holding public offices.

The stage became ripe for the conduct of the September 18, 1979 election: there were 140 Parliamentary seats and ten (10) presidential candidates on the ballot paper. At the end of voting, none of the presidential candidates met the constitutional requirement of fifty percent plus one vote (50%+1) pushing the election into a runoff. Below is the list of candidates and their percentage score of the total valid votes cast during the first round:

1. Hilla Limann- People’s National Party [PNP]=35%

2. Victor Owusu- Popular Front Party [PFP]=29%

3. William Ofori Atta- United National Convention [UNC]=17%

4. Frank Bernasko- Action Congress Party [ACP]=9%

5. Ibrahim Mahama- Social Democratic Front [SDF]=3.72%

6. John Bilson – [Third Force Party]=2.75%

7. R. P. Baffour -[Independent]= 0.49%

8. Kwame Nyanteh- [Independent]=0.47%

9. Mark Diamond Addy- [Independent]=0.33%

10. Imoru Ayarna- [Independent]=0.27%

As stated above, the election was forced into a runoff on 8th July, 1979 between the first two leading candidates – Dr. Hilla Limann of the People’s National Party (PNP) and Victor Owusu of the Popular Front Party (PFP).

In a dramatic and bizarre fashion, the UNC elements, under the leadership of Paa Willie threw their support behind Dr. Hilla Limann(an Nkrumahist) to win the second round election with a whooping 62% of the valid votes. All efforts by the PFP leadership to get their breakaway brothers to support them fell on death ears.

The Danquah-Dombo-Busia tradition, due to internal wrangling, at this stage had sold its “precious jewellery” to the PNP at a “wholesale price”. A simple arithmetic of the results in the first round between the PFP (29%) and UNC(17%) should help one to appreciate the drift. Victor, as the flagbearer of the Danquah-Busia front, would have garnered at least 46% and this would have made it easier for him to win in the second round. This explains why Victor Owusu is mostly described as “Ghana’s President Who Never Was.”

The results of the parliamentary election were quite interesting: Limann’s PNP secured 71 seats as against Victor’s PFP – 42, Paa Willie’s UNC-13, Col. Bernarsko’s ACP-10, Ibrahim Mahama’s SDF-3, Third Force Party-0, with 1 Independent. Near Hung Parliament, it was, akin to the 8th Parliament of the 4th Republic – no overwhelming majority seats in the august House. It’s also obvious from the forgoing figures that PFP was far popular than the UNC.

MORAL LESSON: even before president Akufo-Addo is done forming a government for his second and last term, there are already calls for his successor ahead of the 2024 election. Notable among the list of flagbearer aspirants are the sitting Vice President, H.E. Dr. Mahamoud Bawumia and Trade Minister, Alan Kwadwo Kyeremanteng.

Unfortunately, the campaign methodology adopted by ‘apologists’ of these two disguised politicians in the media, particularly on social media has regrettably been pernicious. Civility and decorousness appear to have been thrown to the wind. This should be a cause for worry to all true lovers of the party who want us to break the eight years cycle.

It’s against this backdrop that I appeal to the rank and file of the NPP to be guided by the past. Let’s remember the 1979 historical facts, juxtapose it to the 2007 Legon Conference with 17 flagbearer aspirants which led us into opposition in 2008 as we campaign for our preferred candidate/successor for H.E. Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.

Let’s not lose sight of the fact that, our (NPP) ability to “Break The 8” depends on two things: the government’s performance in its second term and how we (rank and file) conduct ourselves during, before and after our internal elections. Circumspection, tolerance, respect and self-restraint are critical necessities at this stage. We can’t afford to compromise these virtues. Nothing more, nothing less! Have a good day.

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Forget 2024 without Bawumia as flagbearer – NPP Northern Regional Chairman- ghanapublisher.com

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The 5 Northern region Npp supporters Chairman, Chairman Addrisu Atta has urged the ruling New Patriotic party (Npp) to let the current Vice President of Ghana H.E Dr. Mahamadu Bawumia to lead the Party in 2024.

Is not that am a Northerner that is why am canvassing for the vice president to become the Flagbearer of the party in 2024 but the message is clear “he said”

With an interview with Konfanko tv, he said, the reason is simple when you look at NPP, our tradition is Danquah, Busia and Dombo. Now it is the turn of the Dombo’s to lead. This will clear the perception that NPP is Akan Party. We have big trust in Dr. Bawumia to be a good President. He has done a great job for Government and even the NPP 2020 Campaign. How he increased the Northern votes is a sign that if he leads the NPP, there is no doubt that the NPP can win again in 2024 to stay in Power if Dr.Bawumia leads NPP”.

He emphasize that,the party stands a better chance of winning the 2024 Presidential election should Dr. Mahamadu Bawumia who is from Dombo tradition leads the party.

However, Chairman Rambo added that, It is time for the NPP and the entire country regardless of your tribe to unite and support Dr. Bawumia to continue the good work of Nana Akufo Addo who brought him to serve as his vice president, if Dr. Bawumia becomes the President, His win will bring unity because many people think a Muslim cannot lead NPP so it is time to change this perception.”

 

Source: www.ghanapublisher.com

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