Civil Society Organization, Care for Free and Fair Elections Ghana (“CARE” Ghana) has called into question the promise made by President Akufo-Addo to ensure the upcoming December 7 polls is free, fair, transparent and devoid of violence.
In a statement signed by Mr. David Kumi, the Executive Secretary of “CARE” Ghana and copied to the press, the organization pointed flaws into several developments the President is alleged to have compromised bound by his words which is injurious to achieving a free, fair and transparent elections.
“For instance, the removal of Mrs. Charlotte Osei, former Chairperson of Ghana’s Electoral Commission (EC) and replacing her with persons considered to be bias in favor of the President and his party the New Patriotic Party (NPP) as reported in the Executive Summary of the Ghana 2019 Human Right Report by the United States Bureau of Democracy raises serious concerns”.
“Many including the 2019 Human Right Report on Ghana believe that, the replacement of Mrs Charlotte Osei with Mrs Jean Mensa as EC Chairperson was to manipulate the entire electoral system and processes in favour of the President and his Party, the NPP”.
“Secondly, the handling of the Ayawaso West Wuogon by-elections violence exposes the President’s disinterest in a violent free electoral process”, the statement further noted.
“CARE” Ghana is of the view that Akufo-Addo’s demeanor predisposes his unwillingness to relinquish power and therefore strongly appealed to all concerned individuals, institutions and particularly the International Community to be vigilant and relentlessly monitor the upcoming polls to witness the veracity of their claims
Read the statement here
Joseph Kobla Wemakor is a multiple award-winning freelance journalist, a blogger and ardent online news editor. He also doubles as a human rights activist, a youth leader, a climate change proponent and a sustainable development goals advocate in Ghana.
He has over a decade of experience in journalism and strongly believes in using his platform to bring about change and give a voice to Ghanaian minorities.
Joseph is also the Head, Media and Communication at the PLO Lumumba Foundation, Ghana Chapter as well as the Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the Greater Accra Regional Youth Network (GARYN).
In line with his passion as a human rights activist, Joseph set up the Human Rights Reporters Ghana (HRRG). This is a Non Governmental Organization (NGO) which seeks to promote, defend and bring an end to human rights abuse against women, girls, children and persons living with disability including the marginalized in the society both within and out of Ghana. He also leads HRRG in the capacity of Executive Director and currently working assiduously to impart knowledge on human rights to the Ghanaian populace.