Its been a lot of drama among the NDC, the NPP and other individuals and groups; and lots more will continue coming while we await the all important November 7 presidential elections.
After we thoght that the “arrest Bawumia” saga is over, National Democratic Congress (NDC) Member of Parliament for the Juaboso Constituency in the Western Region, Kwabena Mintah Akandoh, has raised the issue once again.
He is yet again calling for the arrest and interrogation of the New Patriotic Party’s (NPP) running mate, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, over ‘fabrication and falsehood’ about Ghana’s voters’ register which has been causing a level of instability and chaos in the nation.
According to the MP, Dr. Bawumia’s unruly claims caused fear and panic among he populace. For him, he should not be allowed to go scot-free, but should be arrested to serve as a deterrent to others who peddle falsehood in the name of politics.
Kwabena Mintah Akandoh is greatly worried over the fact that since after the incident, Dr Bawumia has not been at least summoned by the Bureau of National Investigbation, (BNI) to come and answer for the false evidences he dished out against the Electoral Commission and the government. He expressed utter dismay while speaking on Citi Eyewitness News, saying that not making Bawumia to face the law sets a bad example.
He further argued that Dr Bawumia’s action is a serious one which should be treated as such. Explaining further, MP Akandoh stressed that the information released by the NPP Vice Presidential Candidate caused tension and panic in many people including himself.
Moreover, the MP pointed out the need for Bawumia to do something about his actions. According to him, Bawumia should at least apologize to the NDC so as to put the matter to rest and also serve ass a warning to other politicians to mind what they say publicly.
However, the opposition New Patriotic Party has described the NDC’s call for Bawumia’s arrest as an ‘act of desperation’. Until now, the NPP still confidently insists that the current voters register is inflated. According to the NPP’s Deputy Communications Director, Anthony Karbo, this has been confirmed by almost all the political parties.
Background Story on Why NDC Demand Bawumia’s Arrest
The opposition party through Dr Bawumia had in August, 2015, presented some documents to the Electoral Commission to support their claims that Ghana’s electoral register contained names of some 76,000 minors and foreigners, and therefore should not be used for the 2016 general elections. He also claimed that African nationals from Togo, Ivory Coast and Burkina Faso are on the roll, hence the need for a new one to be compiled before the 2016 general elections.
However, the EC, after a five-member panel consideration of the claims and other stakeholder submissions, concluded that the NPP’s argument was not convincing and therefore formed no basis for changing the current register.
After the incident, the Communications Director of the NDC, Johnson Asiedu Nketia accused Dr. Bawumia of fabricating documents to back the NPP’s claims that the current electoral roll is bloated and must be changed. He therefore called for Bawumia’s immediate arrest by the Ghana Police.
However, since then, Dr Bawumia has been going about freely, carrying out his campaigns in various parts of the country.
Meanwhile, because of time constraint, the NPP and her supporters are no longer calling for a new voters register but for the validation of the old one.