Former President John Dramani Mahama, the flagbearer of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), has firmly rejected the proposal to change the date for the 2024 elections from December to November, accusing the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) of attempting to undermine the credibility of the electoral process.
Addressing the Minority caucus meeting in Ho on Saturday, Mahama expressed skepticism about the proposed shift in the election date, suggesting that it was motivated by the NPP’s fear of an impending defeat. He criticized the Electoral Commission’s readiness to conduct the elections, citing deficiencies observed during the District Assembly elections held in December last year.
Mahama reiterated his confidence in the NDC’s victory in the upcoming elections, attributing it to public dissatisfaction with the Akufo-Addo/Bawumia/NPP government’s governance. He denounced the government’s record on corruption, maladministration, nepotism, and wasteful expenditure, asserting that Ghanaians were poised to reject them at the polls.
Regarding the issue of continuous voter registration, Mahama insisted that the process must be transparent and inclusive, allowing all political parties and stakeholders to monitor it effectively to prevent fraud.
Mahama commended the Minority in Parliament for their efforts in holding the government accountable and urged them to continue safeguarding the interests of the Ghanaian people. He emphasized the importance of parliamentary oversight in ensuring good governance and protecting citizens from government excesses.
Reflecting on the composition of the current Parliament, Mahama highlighted the significance of having a balanced legislature that can effectively check the executive branch’s power.
Touching on policy initiatives, Mahama outlined his vision for a 24-hour economy and other policy proposals aimed at improving living standards and revitalizing the economy.
Mahama cautioned against the exclusive use of the Ghana Card for voter registration, warning that such a move would disenfranchise sections of the population. He urged the Electoral Commission to reconsider its stance and allow sufficient time for the Ghana Card to become fully integrated into society before implementing such changes.
He criticized the performance of the Akufo-Addo/Bawumia government, describing it as one of the worst in Ghana’s history and highlighting the need for change in the upcoming elections.