Finally, the New Patriotic Party (NPP) is done with their primaries. From the beginning, there was everything wrong with their decision to reserve the seats with their incumbent Members of parliament. That was a political blunder they shouldn’t have committed.
If indeed they paid attention to how elections are organized in this country, they would have taken another decision. Elections in Ghana are such that when it is not held how it should be, a lot of damages are caused that take years to correct them. There are mafia works that come at play. Anyone obviously goes into a contest to win and would do anything humanly possible to win the elections. In the cause of doing that they would end up washing the dirty linens in public.
It could be recalled that, during the June 4 celebrations, former president John Dramani Mahama declared to the whole world that he was not going to accept a flawed election. It appears he knows the people he is going to have the contest with so well and knows what they can do.
This year’s NPP primaries have taught us a lot of lessons going into the general elections come December 7th.
We were made to believe that we could compile a new voter’s register under coronavirus existence and go ahead to organize elections. The only reason we were given was that Ghanaians were so disciplined that even in a heated and keenly contested election, we could restrain ourselves from touching each other and also observe proper social distancing while we have our mask on.
Reported incidents from various constituencies across the country reveal that we should revise our notes and renew our stand on the compilation of a new voter’s register. The NPP, with delegates of less than 50,000 could not organize a peaceful election how much more Ghana with about 15 million qualified voters.
There were viral reports of polling stations going on with their elections without the safety tools for preventing Coronavirus like face masks, hand sanitizers and other essential Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs).
Most of the Constituencies supervised total chaos which makes nonsense of their self-acclaimed founders and beacons of democracy in Ghana. They engaged in some fraudulent activities that mar the beauty of our hard-earned democracy.
The Asante Akyem South Constituency was suspended because of an injunction some group of persons have placed on the election. This was because someone had allegedly removed their names from the album illegally. They petitioned the party but didn’t get any response from them. One is tempted to believe that it was the party that was behind all those shenanigans and internal machinations.
But on the day of the election, without the knowledge of the opponent who is no mean a person than the Chairman of the National Sports Council and former MP for the area, Hon. Kwadwo Baah Agyeman, the incumbent MP in connivance with the Ashanti Regional Chairman of the New Patriotic Party went ahead to hold the elections.
Maybe this is the redefinition of democracy.
Some Constituencies experienced trade of fists and claws. There was a dynamic young man who contested and lost the elections in the Asante Akyem Central Constituency, Mr. Kofi Ofosu Nkansah, the Chief Executive officer of the Accra Digital Center. He complained of similar frustrations he faced and blamed the same for his defeat. He accused the incumbent MP of hiring thugs to cause mayhem and brutalize his supporters for no wrongdoing. This is a worrying phenomenon for a ruling party that has the quest of retaining power with majority seats in the 8th Parliament.
The National Executive Council failed to handle the issues with maturity, and it degenerated into chaos. The National Executive of the party have allowed some few people in the party to arrogate some undue powers unto themselves and are using it to collapse the party. Any serious organization would have questioned the Ashanti Regional Chairman, Bernard Antwi Boasiako who is known as Chairman Wontumi for playing mafia games for his favourite candidates. Per their party’s constitution, all party officers are to remain neutral and not to take stands in the interest of the party.
Now I am wondering how exactly they are going to clean the mess they have created and get all the people who were maltreated and didn’t have the chance of engaging in a free contest to rally behind the elephant to do better than they did in 2016.