The National Communications Officer of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Sammy Gyamfi, is of the view that President Akufo-Addo’s decision to ease the restrictions on public gatherings is a calculated attempt to help him rig the elections.
Speaking at a press briefing today in Accra which was organized by the NDC following the announcements by the president, Sammy Gyamfi vehemently opposed the easing of the restrictions by stating that the president is pursuing his selfish interest at the peril of the Ghanaian people.
“This is mainly intended to pave way for the Jean Mensah-led Electoral Commission (EC) to carry out its rigging agenda through the needless and wasteful new voter registration agenda.
“The fact that church and mosque gatherings are not supposed to have more than 100 people in attendance, and are supposed to last for just an hour but the National Identification Authority and EC have been given the freedom to register an unlimited number of people from 7:am to 5:pm, that’s for a period of 10 hours, shows clearly that the so-called partial reopening of schools, churches and mosques was only a ruse to the President’s main agenda,” he said.
He also added that the Electoral Commission’s blatant display of disregard to the pertinent concerns raised by political parties, CSOs, traditional authorities and other stakeholders give proof to the assertion that the EC is in bed with the governing party.
“Our traditional authorities are key stakeholders in Ghana’s peace architecture and have contributed enormously to the peace, stability and democracy of this country. The refusal of the Jean Mensah-led EC to honour their invitations is highly disrespectful and an insult to the values and customs of this country, and must be condemned by all well-meaning Ghanaians,” he added.
Mr Gyamfi warned that the “NDC shall employ every legitimate means to stop the EC’s attempt to foist on Ghanaians a needless and wasteful voter register that is intended to disenfranchise millions of eligible voters, mostly in NDC strongholds.”
Many Ghanaians have expressed mixed feeling s at the decision of the president to ease the restrictions on public gatherings especially when the nation’s COVID-19 cases keep increasing astronomically.