Ghana’s President Nana Akufo-Addo has assured Ghanaians that he has no intention to capitalize on the COVID-19 pandemic to extend his mandate as leader of the country.
Information Minister, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah set the records straight at Tuesday, May 12, 2020, press conference on COVID-19 in Accra. Mr. Nkrumah noted that President Akufo-Addo is not interested in a possible extension of his first term unconstitutionally.
There has been uncertainty in the conduct of Ghana’s presidential and parliamentary elections in December 2020 following the suspension of all electoral activities in the wake of the outbreak.
While some are of the view that the Electoral Commission cannot compile a new register due to time constraints, others believe that resorting to some constitutional provisions is the way to go.
But the MP for Ofoase Ayirebi said that Ghana will find innovative ways to hold the elections in December like other countries like Ivory Coast and Burundi are considering.
He, therefore, called on all stakeholders and political parties to rally round and invest their energies in exploring and deploying a way to hold a peaceful and credible presidential and parliamentary election.
“The government is of the view that instead of contemplating measures that are not envisaged in the constitution, our best energies, our innovation and creativity should be invested in exploring how a country like ours can have safe and free elections,” Mr. Oppong Nkrumah noted.