go to the polls next Sunday to vote for a new parliament and a new President.
considered one of Africa’s biggest recent successes and observers say the handling
of the election, matters for the whole continent.
electoral disasters in Nigeria, Kenya and Zimbabwe in the past 18 months,
everyone is hoping, and many are
praying, that Ghana will avoid the bloodshed, chicanery and political warring
of its African peers.
office of the Ghana Electoral Commissioner says all necessary steps have been
taken to ensure a smooth and fair election.
Kofi Totobi Quakyi, a current active
member of the National Democratic Congress and former Minister of Information,
and later as Minister for National Security, told VOA's Akwei Thompson, he
is hopeful that the elections will be free and fair.
The former minister said, some concern
has been raised about some aspects of the process, sighting, as example, “the
late delivery of the voter register” and the “way and manner the transfer of
votes have been reached.” He said, however, there was hope that “in the days
remaining these issues will be rectified in the interest of all parties
concerned and in the interest of democracy in Ghana.”
The former minister said that in his
view, access to the media has been unfair and unbalanced.
“It is quite blatant, it is quite
blatant.” he said. “Anyone who reads the state-owned dailies, anyone who
watches the Ghanaian national broadcasting service, GTV, will realize that
the coverage is totally lopsided and is in fragrant violation of the supreme
court ruling of 1995 that, I believe, said that all political parties have the
right to equal access, equal time on the state owned media…”
Mr. Quakyi attributed reports of
recent campaign-related skirmishes to overreaction by certain members of the
community who tend to do things “that are not condusive to public peace or to
law and order.” “What is important,” he said, “ is the willingnes of the law
enforcement agency to act as an impartial body” and deal with wrongdoers
The former Ghanian minister said he
expects a high voter turnout as “there’s high expectation of change, a lot of
agitation for change…”
He said the prevailing general mood
across the country is that of a move for change: a change “reminiscent of the
movement that brought Barack Obama to power.”