A leading member of the National Democratic Party (NDP), Ernest Owusu-Bempah, says renewal of the mandate of the Mahama Administration would be a disaster for the nation.
He said the voters could simply not afford the mistake of giving the government another four-year term in the face of what he claimed was record corruption and economic mismanagement.
He was addressing thousands of protesters, who hit the streets of Kumasi to ramp up pressure on the Electoral Commission (EC) to validate the voters roll.
Dubbed “Baamu Yadda” (we will not agree), the demonstration was organized jointly by pressure groups – “Let My Vote Count Alliance”, the Alliance For Accountable Governance (AFAG), Movement for Change and opposition political parties including the NDP, New Patriotic Party (NPP), People’ National Convention (PNC) and the Convention People’s Party (CPP).
Amid the blowing of vuvuzelas, brass band music and chanting of slogans, the protesters carried placards with messages like “We need credible register”, “Mahama stop controlling the EC”, “Who controls STL”, “No more rigging”, “EC not independent”, “Think about Ghana, Madam EC Chairperson”, “Clean, credible register and nothing else” and “EC is working for NDC”.
Mr. Owusu-Bempah rallied voters to vote down the ruling party – NDC, to stop what he said was the looting of the nation’s resources.
He accused the government of the abuse of power through the use of the state security agencies to intimidate the people.
Mr. Sammy Awuku, the NPP’s National Youth Organizer, said the party together with civil society organizations would not relent in efforts to ensure that the voters roll for the coming election was credible.
Mr. David Henry Asante, a leading member of the PNC, demanded that the EC came out with a clear road map for validation of the electoral roll as recommended by the panel of experts it set up.
The delay, he warned, could be a recipe for trouble.