Former President and flagbearer of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), John Dramani Mahama, has denounced the proposed shift in the date of Ghana’s 2024 elections from December to November, alleging it as a ploy by the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) to manipulate the electoral outcome in their favor.
Addressing the Minority caucus meeting in Ho on Saturday (February 10), Mahama voiced the NDC’s skepticism, asserting that the proposed change lacked sincerity. He highlighted the NPP’s purported fear of defeat and their attempts to undermine the electoral process by advocating for an earlier election date, despite the Electoral Commission’s unpreparedness, as evidenced by logistical challenges during the recent District Assembly elections.
Mahama underscored the NDC’s confidence in securing victory in the upcoming elections, attributing this to public discontent with the incumbent government’s alleged corruption, nepotism, and mismanagement of state resources. He accused the NPP of resorting to fraudulent tactics to tilt the electoral outcome in their favor.
Regarding the continuous registration proposed by the Electoral Commission, Mahama demanded stringent monitoring mechanisms involving all political parties and stakeholders to prevent fraud and ensure transparency.
Commending the Minority in Parliament for their efforts in holding the government accountable, Mahama emphasized their pivotal role in safeguarding democracy and protecting the interests of the Ghanaian people against governmental overreach.
Reflecting on the hung Parliament, Mahama highlighted its significance in providing a check on executive power and fulfilling the electorate’s desire for a robust and independent legislative arm of government.
The NDC’s stance underscores the heightened political tension as Ghana prepares for the 2024 elections, with both major parties gearing up for a closely contested electoral battle.