Some Ghanaians are reportedly expressing their
disappointment at both the ruling New Patriotic party (NPP) and main opposition
party National Democratic Congress (NDC) over their behavior at the ongoing
voter registration exercise ahead of this year's general elections. This
follows accusations and counter accusations both parties have been leveling
against each other for encouraging non-citizens as well as under age Ghanaians
to register ahead of the elections.
political analysts blame the ongoing accusation on the failure of both parties
to abide by Ghana's electoral code and their own manifestos, which they say
could put the results of the election in jeopardy. Kwesi Annin is a security
expert and head of research at the Kofi Annan Peace Keeping Training Center. He
tells reporter Peter Clottey from Ghana's capital, Accra that the leadership of
both the ruling and opposition parties have failed Ghanaians.
terribly disappointed because in both the NDC and NPP leadership, do not seem
to imbibe the values and the norms inherent in the constitution of the republic
of Ghana. They haven't imbibed the values and the norms inherent in their own
party regulation and then in their manifestos. You see if and when you want to
lead your country, you don't break the rules and the laws of the country so
that you get access to political power. That kind of political power is immoral
political power and it leads to crisis," Annin noted.
described as unfortunate the behavior exhibited by both political parties for
employing what he says are shameful tactics at the ongoing voter registration
you encourage people below the ages of 18 register. When you bring in
foreigners to register, when you use insightful language to intimidate and to
prevent people from registering that is irresponsible leadership. That is a
recipe for violence and a recipe for conflicts, and I think Ghana doesn't
deserve this. Ghana deserves better leadership and I think those who are doing
this are not good leaders and are not qualified to rule," he said.
said there was need to both parties to be able to uphold the true system of
belief of democratic principles.
don't think anybody should call them to order. The parties themselves should
have a self-regulatory procedure and they should know that certain types of
behavior are not acceptable, now, if they themselves cannot regulate
themselves, then nobody can do it. It is not the armed forces that should do it
because that would be tantamount to a coup de'tat it is not the police that
should do it. It is not civil society because that would amount to basic civil
disobedience," Annin pointed out.
encouraged Ghanaians to hold their leaders accountable to their actions.
people of Ghana should be critical of the behavior of their leaders," he said.
denied the ongoing feud between the ruling party and main opposition party
could plunge the country into crisis in this year's elections.
don't think so. I think what has happened now has been useful check on the
hypocrisy characterizing the Ghanaian society. We have deceived ourselves and
convinced ourselves that we are a nation that loves peace, hospitable, loving,
kind and religious. What has happened in the last couple of days has
demonstrated that that is not true and therefore it has generated a lot of
discourse. A discourse that is saying we don't want to be a Cote Devoir, a Sierra
Leone, a Guinea, a Liberia, Burundi and Rwanda. So, I am very happy that
Ghanaians are showing their true colors and then we all need to work together
to ensure the December election is peaceful," Annin, noted.
said there was need for all political parties to accept the outcome of the
more importantly, all political parties will accept the results of the
elections because it is then post-election period that is most dangerous," he
some worried Ghanaians reportedly say actions being displayed by the ruling NPP
and main opposition NDC parties have the tendency of jeopardizing Ghana's
security, if they continue in what some are describing as unruly way of conduct
at the ongoing registration exercise.