The National Communications Officer of the opposition NDC, Sammy Gyamfi has accused President Akufo-Addo of intentionally easing restrictions to pave way for the Electoral Commission to rig the 2020 elections.
According to him, the President eased the restrictions because of his parochial political interest regardless of the increasing COVID-19 cases in the country.
Speaking at the maiden edition of the NDC’s weekly press briefing in Accra today, Monday, June 1, 2020, Mr. Gyamfi said “It is very clear, that the easing of restrictions was motivated by the President’s parochial political interest and not the interest of the nation. Mainly intended to pave way for the Jean Mensa-led Electoral Commission (EC) to carry out its rigging agenda through the needless and wasteful new voter registration agenda.”
President Akufo-Addo yesterday, May 31, 2020, eased some restrictions in the country and announced that the National Identification Authority (NIA) and the Electoral Commission (EC) can carry out their activities with strict adherence to the safety protocols.
The President further reopened schools in the country for final year JHS, SHS, and university students to allow them to prepare and write their exit examinations.
Moreover, effective June 5, 2020, churches and mosques can reopen with a maximum of 100 people under strict social distancing rules and for a period not exceeding one hour.
The various churches and mosques are also entreated to compile a database of all persons who will visit the various places of worship to fellowship with congregants expected to wear nose masks.
Reacting to these latest directives, Sammy Gyamfi questioned why mosques and churches are allowed to hold service for an hour while the NIA and EC will carry out its exercise for longer periods.
“The fact that church and mosque gatherings are not supposed to have more than 100 people in attendance, and are supposed to last for just an hour but the National Identification Authority (NIA) and EC have been given the freedom to register an unlimited number of people from 7:00 am to 5:00 pm, that’s for a period of 10 hours, shows clearly that the so-called partial reopening of schools, churches, and mosques was only a ruse to the President’s main agenda,” he said.