PNC National Chairman Bernard Mornah has said that anyone who misconstrues his comments on resisting the Election Commission’s attempt to compile a new voters register, to mean a threat to be violent lacks understanding of the English language.
He denied ever suggesting that the parties opposed to the new register will cause disruption or be violent at registration centers during the exercise but that they will do all they can to stop the EC from destroying the country’s democracy.
To him, resistance is different from disruption, and therefore anyone who interprets his utterances to mean a threat to the lives of EC staff, either was not taught English properly or did not pay attention during their English lessons.
The CID on Thursday, extended an invitation to Mr Mornah for his controversial comment on likely violent clashes at registration centers during the compilation of the new register.
“The CID Headquarters is investigating a case in which you were alleged to have threatened to resist any attempt by the Electoral Commission (EC) to compile a new voter’s register for the 2020 general election. You were also heard in a video interview to have threatened, ”that people who are already Ghanaians and already registered are going to be taken out of the voters register, don’t you think confusion will come at the registration station and if confusion come there, you think the EC staff will be safe, we will beat each other there, we will kill each other there if that is what the EC want to lead this nation to,” a statement by the CID noted.
But commenting on the invitation by CID on UTV, Bernard Mornah said people who have misconstrued his comments need to go back to school and learn English.
“I held a press conference and said the Electoral Commission wants to destroy the country’s democracy and so we will resist them and I know in the course of the resistance they will beat us and if they beat us we will retaliate. So I said they will kill us but if we don’t die we will resist so if you don’t understand this and some newspaper or website publishes that I said we will disrupt the electoral process, I can only blame your English Teacher if I don’t blame your English teacher, it means when your English teacher was teaching you at school, you were not paying attention so go back to school and learn English.
“If I say we will resist and you publish I said we will disrupt, it is your cup of tea and if anybody stands on that to call for my arrest, I don’t have a problem with the person but with the person’s English teacher because it means he didn’t teach well but English is not our language so I can pardon them,” he said.
Bernard Mornah however said he is ready to submit himself to any investigation by the Police CID on the matter.
Mr Mornah is expected to report to the CID on Tuesday, June 2, 2020.
Read the CID’s invitation below: