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Opinions of Tuesday, 6 August 2013

Columnist: Adofo, Rockson

Is the Election Observer Team Credible at All?

Is the Africa-International Election Observer Team Credible at All?

? I have from today renounced inundating my write-ups with insults to make my articles more appealing to all Ghanaians. Subsequently, I expect reciprocity in the form of good behaviour from my targets to enable me stick to my vow of never-going-back on insults to drive home my points. ? ? I expect the Ghanaian politicians to cease taking Ghanaians for fools by not stealing from the nation’s coffers as they are currently doing. I expect them not to rig elections as they do. I expect them not to see themselves as masters but servants ready to serve the citizens and the nation. If they do as stated, Rockson Adofo will no longer castigate them in his articles and insults will become history in his publications. ? ? You and I know how Africans go about during national elections. Those in power often abuse their right of incumbency. The government and the President almost always resort to acts, often illegal, to win the elections. This is an open secret. ? ? All across Africa, the nations have a problem organising transparent, free and fair elections without incidents of irregularities never taking place to raise doubts in the minds of discerning citizens. Look at what happened in Kenya in 2008 after the declaration of the results of their presidential elections held on 27 December 2007. The incumbent President, Mwai Kibaki from Party of National Unity rigged the elections. This led to his contestant, Raila Odinga, from Orange Democratic Movement opposing and refusing the results, hence, the ensuing bloodbath between the supporters of both candidates throughout the country. ? ? Similar thing happened in Zimbabwe in June 2008 where President Robert Mugabe of ZANU-PF used his incumbency to intimidate his challenger, Morgan Tsvangirai of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) and his supporters, to win the elections. Robert Mugabe rigged the election. He has done it again, on Wednesday, 31 July 2013 yet, the African Union (AU) says the election was transparent, free and fair. ? ? The former President of Nigeria, His Excellency Obasanjo, a leading African International Election Observer has once again said the elections in Zimbabwe were credible, free and fair. My question is, do these African International observers have morals at all? Do they have eyes to see and ears to hear? ? ? The same Obasanjo came to Ghana and declared the Elections 2012 credible, free and fair despite raised concerns of collusive rigging. What will be his response today with all the evidences before the Ghana Supreme Court pointing to massive deliberate irregularities committed to rig the elections in favour of then Presidential-candidate John Dramani Mahama? Do I have to address Obasanjo and his like-minded African leaders as "Their Excellency?" I am afraid not. ? ? I had better stop before I vent my anger and venom on them. ? Anyway, all discerning Ghanaians in the UK are going to hold the Mother of all Demonstrations on Friday, 16 August 2013 from 10:00. It will be held in front on 10 Downing Street, the British Parliament. The demonstration is to expose to the whole world, especially the British people, and to condemn the official corruption in perpetration and perpetuation by the John Mahama-led NDC government. The corruption is strangulating the nation’s economy. Additionally, the demonstration is to strengthen the hands of the nine Supreme Court Justices to tell nothing but the absolute truth. ? ? I shall write a separate article with detail information about the demonstration so stay tuned to Rockson Adofo’s publications and Sources radio UK 96.3. DJ Sources (Nana Sarkodie Ababio) and Abaawa Fabrics have been announcing it on radio Sources which can be listened to online. ? ? I dedicate this article to Kofi Basoah, Kwaku Burger and Kwaku Osei, alias Osei Akroma, all of Juaben-Ashanti, for their various roles being played to ensure justice for Election 2012. ? ? Rockson Adofo ? ? ?