General News of Saturday, 22 December 2012

Source: Daily Graphic

Nobles Forum wants amendment to Electoral Laws

The West Africa Nobles Forum (WANF) has called for amendment of the 50 per cent plus one vote provision in the Constitution that determines the winner in the country’s presidential election.

The Forum contended that the present provision might in the very future pose very serious problems to the nation should a presidential candidate win in a single region.

Consequently, the Forum proposed that for a candidate to win the Presidency, he or she must win in at least six of the country’s present 10 regions.

This was contained in a press statement signed by its Chairman, Rev Dr Paul Kofi Fynn, who is also the President of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Ghana.

The West Africa Nobles Forum is a non-governmental religious and non-profit making organisation established in October 2003. The over 1000 members of the forum include legal luminaries, politicians, research fellows, technocrats, medical giants and professionals. It is a sub-regional think tank-fashioned after the Philosophical Society of America.

The Forum also noted that the victory of the President, John Dramani Mahama and the National Democratic Congress was not doubted considering the numerous developmental and infrastructural projects the Atta Mills and Mahama NDC-led administration executed throughout the country.

The Forum acknowledged President Mahama’s performance in the last four months as president following the demise of the late President, John Evans Atta Mills

They described the election as free, fair and transparent despite pockets of incidents and breakdown of verification machines at some polling stations.

The Forum congratulated the President and parliamentary candidates, their supporters, the Electoral Commission, security agencies, local observers and the citizens for the peaceful elections.

They appealed to the aggrieved parties to use the appropriate judicial mechanisms provided by the Constitution to address their grievances instead of resorting to violence and lawlessness.