President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has made a strong case for the conduct of the December 2020 polls at all cost.
Many have argued that the December general elections and the compilation of the new voters register should be deferred as the COVID-19 pandemic remains unabated in the country.
But the President says firmly that that is impossible.
According to him, the State’s Constitution, under no circumstance, makes any provision for the extension of the President’s term in office. This means that his stay in power beyond January 7, 2021 when his first term officially comes to end will be unconstitutional.
The conduct of the Presidential and Parliamentary elections has, therefore, become necessary to prevent “any needless controversy” with the potential to trigger any constitutional instability, he said Monday in a televised address ahead of the compilation of the new voters register.
“There are some who have argued and continue to argue that in the midst of the pandemic, the compilation of a new register and indeed the conduct of the Parliamentary and Presidential elections should be put on hold and scheduled for a later date; perhaps when the pandemic ends.
“That is not possible. The constitution of our republic makes no provision for the extension of the mandate of the President who wields the executive power beyond four years,” he explained.
“To exercise executive power in the Ghanaian State, you must be duly elected by the Ghanaian people. You must have their freely expressed consent. On 7th January, 2021, when my mandate as the current President expires, a duly elected person must be ready to be sworn in as President of the Republic. There is no other way.
“And other to forestall any needless controversy which could throw our nation into jeopardy, we must vote on 7th December, 2020. The same applies to Parliament,” President Akufo-Addo emphasized.
The president further allayed the fears of the public towards the viral disease, urging them to boldly step out and partake in the Electoral Commission’s new voter registration exercise.
“We should not fear or be alarmed. Despite the COVID pandemic, elections are being conducted properly in many nations across the globe. In Asia, we witnessed the conduct of a successful election of South Korea in April at the height of the pandemic in that country. In Europe last week, we have seen those of Poland. And in our own continent of Africa, both Mali and Malawi have preceded us in organizing successful national elections.
“Surely, it is not beyond Ghana to join all these nations in organizing a successful general elections even in the midst of the pandemic,” he said.