The National Peace Council and the Electoral Commission (EC), according to Johnson Asiedu Nketiah, General Secretary of the National Democratic Congress, are hesitant to act on violent cases reported during the 2020 General Election.
Mr. Nketia observed on Starr Chat Wednesday with Nana Aba Anamoah that proposals agreed upon to avert the brutality perpetrated on innocent Ghanaians during the previous election are still on the shelf.
According to him, nothing has transpired since the retreat at Aqua Safari in Ada, which was arranged by international organizations such as the Commonwealth, the United Nations, and the Economic Community of West African States, among others.
“In reality, the biggest effort that was put in place was when the Commonwealth Secretary-General visited, as well as the United Nations delegating Dr. Chambas and ECOWAS delegating other personnel.” They came and organized a retreat for us, the Electoral Commission, the Ghana Peace Council, and the National Patriotic Party.”
Mr. Nketiah stated that following the meeting, the NDC submitted several electoral reform recommendations and knocked on the doors of the Peace Council and the Election Commission, but that nothing came of their efforts.
“We’ve written to the Peace Council, wondering where we’re going from Ada, and they don’t seem to know.” They were more interested in telling us where we should go. He stated, “They who are actually the facilitator.”
He warned that those who had been harmed in the previous election would not allow themselves to be harmed again in the upcoming election.
“A lot of things were done against us.” Our citizens, who had hoped for proper post-election adjudication, are disappointed. So now it appears that we should throw caution to the wind. As Prof Azuma Nelson suggested, we could bring our own referee into the ring.
“I am afraid that the next election will be difficult if nothing is done to address these concerns.” Because those who have been subjected to violence and have received no redress are more prone to prepare to protect themselves,” Mr. Nketia explained.