The Institute of Economic Affairs has come out to question whether this year is indeed a good one for the country to hold its election. Unarguably, Ghana has its fair share of the pandemic cake as most campaign paraphernalia, slogans, regalia, catchy tunes, and volatile advertisement have been stumped out by the virus with the gavel of defiance.
It is general knowledge that the pandemic isn’t going anywhere soon as it is enjoying its stay amongst men. Global economies are trailing behind in the recovery of their economies and struggling to stay true to their forecasted plans and projections for the year.
In a statement cited by the Vaultz news from IEA, it reads,
“2020 is an election year in Ghana. The presidential and parliamentarian elections are scheduled to be held in December. Usually, by this time of the year, there are many campaigns and political rallies but because of the COVID-19 restrictions, many political activities have slowed down or come to a halt”.
When it comes to the political arena, there’s a ringing note of ambivalence with whether to go ahead with electioneering campaign and the casting of votes for countries who are saddled with the change in government or retention of existing ones.
For all intents and purposes, while others sit on their haunches and hedge their bets, some countries like Cameroon, Burundi, Guinea, and Mali have sprinted to the finish line by casting legislative votes to elect their presidents. In the case of Burundi they showed grits and rebellion as they defied WHO warnings of postponement and social distancing, clearly as an act of defiance, they booted out a WHO country staff.
Ghana has had quite an eventful year even without the scrawled writings of the pandemic. The electoral commission has moved house to the Supreme Court as it is being questioned over the significance of a new voter’s register. Conversations surrounding this particular issue has been a tinder box sparked further by the directive of the Supreme Court demanding a legal basis for a new register by the EC. For some, it’s a clear act of election rip-off, for others it’s doing due diligence.
To hold or to postpone
Already five countries have bravely defied odds and threats and gone ahead to host their elections, nine have postponed, and quite a dozen more are still thawing their frozen feet in order to step up to exercise their legislative power, and Ghana is still battling legality issues in court pertaining the question of whether it’s a prudent move to undertake a new voter’s register or not, awaiting the Supreme Court verdict declaration.
The IEA questions,
“Some countries have gone ahead with their elections while some have postponed theirs. Others have also adopted a wait-and-see approach. Do you think it is advisable to hold the elections this year?”