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Opinions of Saturday, 10 September 2016

Columnist: Adofo, Rockson

Will the EC Chair Cease Her Dubious Plans to Rig Election 2016 for the NDC?

On Tuesday 6 September 2016, I had the perfect opportunity to listen to a staff member (name forgotten but surely a Spokesperson for the Electoral Commission) give answers to questions posed to him by a radio programme presenter. The questions were about the proxy voting.

From what I gathered as said by the EC representative (interviewee), any person nominated by a voter for the purposes of proxy voting, could walk into the nominated Electoral Commission centres with the identity card of the voter and a letter signed by the voter to pick up a proxy-voting form. This proxy can fill the form or take the form to the voter to be filled out. Once done, the proxy will have been officially authorised to vote for, and on behalf of, the actual registered voter.

To proceed further, let me pause to define Proxy vote. PROXY is the authority given to a person to act for someone else, such as by voting for them in an election, or the person who this authority is given to.

Not long ago, I read also that some prison officers at Nsawam Prisons have forcibly collected the voter’s cards belonging to some prisoners at the prison. Some of these prisoners complained bitterly and asked to be given back their cards which were taken without their accord or for reasons they were not made aware of. This was in the wake of the Presidential remission of the Montie 3 prison sentence to a month which subsequently saw them (Messrs Salifu Maase, alias Mugabe, Alistair Nelson and Ako Gunn) released from Nsawam prison.

Why were their cards collected? Are the cards not to be used for dubious proxy voting that has not actually been sanctioned by the actual registered prisoner-voters?

Going back to the actual proxy voting and the modalities for its operation as spelt out by the Electoral Commission with authorisation by Mrs Charlotte Osei, that shameless schemer determined to rig the upcoming election in favour of President Mahama and the NDC to compound the headaches of Ghanaians, I totally disagree with the terms.

How can a proxy walk into the offices of the Electoral Commission with a letter supposed to have been written and signed by an actual voter and, or with the voter’s ID, takes a proxy form, fills and signs it and wham, the supposed proxy has been granted permission to cast the actual voter’s vote on their behalf during election 2016?

Is Charlotte Osei, a resolutely determined public servant avowed in her heart of hearts to do President Mahama and the NDC’s bidding instead of ensuring free and fair elections not being evil and deserves public and spiritual condemnations from well-meaning Ghanaians?

Ghanaians have been suffering under the extremely corrupt and unprecedentedly nepotistic administration by President Mahama. Everything is falling apart and the centre cannot hold. Many a discerning Ghanaian who forms part of the majority who want President Mahama and the NDC out to save themselves from further untold economic and financial hardships is determined to resist the diabolic schemes by Charlotte Osei and her outfit.

It is unheard of in the history of proxy voting that the nominated proxy walks into a centre, picks up a form claiming to have been authorised by the actual voter. Does this not give rise to the occasion of some political parties, especially the NDC, buying or stealing people’s voter ID cards to be presented for proxy voting? The case of the Nsawam prisoners is a vivid example.

Shall all those EC personnel with Charlotte Osei inclusive hasten to the Hades if they did anything untoward with the proxy voting in the hope of assisting President Mahama and the NDC win election 2016 without resorting to fairness of level playing ground for all parties? This is my wish and prayer to God. Amen.

Ghanaians cannot continue to suffer because of the selfish desires of a few people including President Mahama, Charlotte Osei and Johnson Asiedu Nketia.

Charlotte Osei keeps coming out with Plans A, B, C, D, E etc. all in a bid to assist the NDC fraudulently but she will be resisted.

I dedicate this publication to all Ghanaians who wish better for themselves and posterity.

Long live Ghana,

Long live all discerning Ghanaians who are truthful and care for, and about, Ghana and all Ghanaians.

Rockson Adofo