Former president and National Democratic Congress flagbearer John Mahama has today 5th August registered for the new voters’ card at Bole in the Savannah Region. During the registration exercise, Mahama was taken through all coronavirus protocols before presenting his identity card to prove identity before being registering for the new card.
After registering as a voter, he then addressed the media where he condemned the military for intimidating voters in some regions. According to Mahama: “Ghana is a nation for all of us notwithstanding your ethnicity or your party affiliation. Sadly, the Akufo-Addo administration is endangering our democracy with dictatorship. A lot of the things that are happening, the closure of radio stations, the harassment of journalists and just during this registration exercise, the alienation of people and questioning their citizenship, the use of the military to prevent people from registering, it all shows a government that is determined to do everything to hang on to power.
“President Rawlings ruled this country for eight years and handed over a peaceful and united country to President Kufuor. President Kufuor also ruled for eight years and handed over a peaceful and united country to President Mills. I also took over a peaceful and united country to President Akufo-Addo. So what nation is he going to hand over to me when I take over from him in 2020? We will bring back the peace and unity of this country and will make everyone feel that they belong to this country and that some people do not own this country more than others.”
The registration of voters in Ghana was met with both opposition and support. Most leaders supported the exercise but some thought it was unnecessary during this coronavirus period. The Electoral Commission has however insisted that they are observing all set protocols.