Before Coronavirus took the world by surprise, the Ghana Electoral Commission was bent on compiling a new voters register. A decision that the National Democratic Congress party was and is still vehemently against.
Well, with the implementation of lockdown and ban on social gatherings as a precautionary measure against the spread of Coronavirus, the new voter’s registration which started was brought to a halt.
Now, just yesterday, President Nana Addo lifted lockdown restrictions in Kasoa, Accra, and Kumasi.
Many are considering this decision as a ‘step in the wrong direction’.
National Communications Officer of the National Democratic Congress, Sammy Gyamfi has also come out to say that Nana Addo lifted the lockdown so as to pave way for EC to continue their new voter’ registration exercise.
Gyamfi described Nana Addo’s decision as reckless and politically motivated.
Read his full submission as shared on his Facebook page below
“LIFTING OF PARTIAL LOCKDOWN BY PRESIDENT AKUFO-ADDO; A CHOICE OF POLITICAL EXPEDIENCY OVER PUBLIC SAFTEY.
The lifting of the partial lockdown by President Akufo-Addo, at a time the country is witnessing astronomical increases in positive COVID-19 cases, particularly horizontal infections, is totally premature and lacks scientific basis.
It is clearly a politically-motivated decision, calculated to allow the EC the space to undertake its entrenched and illogical determination to compile a new voters’ register for the 2020 general elections and nothing more.
Either than that, why will President Akufo-Addo impose a partial lockdown with the objective of halting the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic in the country, at a time we had only recorded 137 cases across just four (4) regions of the country and with 5 deaths, but turn around to lift the partial lockdown, at a time our positive case count has galloped to 1,042, across ten (10) regions and with nine (9) deaths?
Countries with far lower cases have not lifted or relaxed their lockdown restrictions. Yet, we who are currently the country with the highest COVID-19 cases in West Africa, have against expert advice, lifted our partial lockdown. Doesn’t this defy science and commonsense?
President Akufo-Addo’s decision to lift the lockdown at this crucial time, is a reckless political gamble that portends great danger for this nation. Ghanaians must never forgive him if this unimaginable decision exacerbates our COVID-19 situation. The blame for any fatality that is occasioned by this reckless decision must lie squarely with the President.
What the President has essentially done, is to place political expediency ahead of Public safety. And what that shows, is that human lives don’t matter to President Akufo-Addo.
May God be our help.
SAMMY GYAMFI Esq.”
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