Pollster and Managing Editor of the Daily Dispatch Newspaper, Ben Ephson has asked the opposition National Democratic Congress to shelve the idea of demonstrations over their disagreement with the Electoral Commission over its decision to compile a new register.
According to Ben Ephson, it makes no sense for the NDC to hope that the EC will re-consider its stance on the compilation of a new electoral roll simply because persons who disagree with the commission are embarking on demonstrations particularly since similar actions by the then opposition New Patriotic Party did not yield any such results when Charlotte Osei was the chairperson of the electoral commission.
“If demonstrations did not change Charlotte Osei’s mind what makes the NDC think by demonstrating it will change Jean Mensah’s mind , yes you can have an avalanche of court cases, ‘once man has learnt to shoot without missing the bird has learnt to fly without perching’, now that you Elvis Afriyie Ankrah you’ve said this, the judges don’t live in isolation, yes I think that Mahama Ayariga is going to file another case concerning the use of birth certificates so you’ve indicated your plan already I’m sure that today if by the end of this month once the supreme court I believe decides on whether the EC is right I using the old voters register they can file every day the EC will continue with its thing and the process will start,“ Ben Ephson said.
He continued, “If Sammy Awuku goes to play back some of his utterances in opposition it was the same as the NDC folks are doing, this issue of register ‘Let My Vote Count ‘was more vociferous in their demonstrations up to 2016 elections “.
The pollster is urging the Ghana Police Service to be more vigilant in the upcoming elections in order to avoid chaos.
“In 2020 I hope that the police administration will make it clear that if somebody decides to go and take a ballot box and starts running, I’m not saying they should kill anybody, I think they should aim at the legs…Mind you, everywhere, you will have people who will just be paid to cause mayhem so we need to be very careful”.