Gov’t won’t use COVID-19 as excuse to extend its constitutional mandate – Oppong Nkrumah

The Akufo-Addo Government is not contemplating an extension of its first term constitutional mandate despite the seeming distortion of the political calendar by COVID-19, Minister of Information, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah has said.

The Minister, at a press briefing on Tuesday, pointed out that the government does not see “any justifiable reason to seek to extend its first term constitutional mandate using the virus as an excuse, without a safe, free and fair election.”

While some have cast doubts over the ability of the Electoral Commission (EC) to compile a new voter’s register ahead of the presidential and parliamentary elections, others have already been considering the practicalities of some constitutional provisions to be considered.

The conduct of the December 7, 2020 polls is quite uncertain, following a suspension of some electoral activities over COVID-19. Mr. Nkrumah said the government had taken note of the commentary and has no plans of extending its mandate.

The Ofoase Ayirebi legislator indicated that just as other countries such as Ivory Coast and Burundi are considering ways of holding elections in the wake of the pandemic, Ghana should also invest its energies in exploring how to do same.

“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.”

Source: Citinewsroom

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