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Urgent advice to Electoral Commissioner Ms Jean Mensah

Jean Adukwei Mensah Electoral Commissioner Ms Jean Mensah

Mon, 16 Mar 2020 Source: Rockson Adofo

Dear Ms Jean Mensah,

I feel it a matter of urgency and an obligation to convey to your attention a rumour that is circulating among some people and in certain quarters, in case it could be of any relevance to you.

It is said, "there is the slightest truth in every rumour”, and again, "to be forewarned is to be forearmed"

It is being alleged that there are some people, especially, a very important person that you trust so much, who are with you at the Electoral Commission head office but are scheming against you. They intend to sabotage your plans to start the registration of qualified Ghanaians onto a new electoral roll for election 2020 and thereafter.

The source of the rumour is credible. However, those in the know and are quite suspicious of the activities and conduct of a particular person at the office, for a reason or the other, may be feeling reluctant to convey it to your attention.

They may coldly, but naively, come out publicly to acknowledge that they knew it coming, and had even rumoured it, should it come to pass. Would it not be too late by then to do anything about it? Would it not have been much better if they had tipped you off to take precautions to avoid the scheme happening in the first place?

How could the rumourmongers claim to support your cause if they knowingly let you fail by the scheming of your saboteurs? Does a stitch in time not save nine? Could they not have a clever way of secretly informing you of the rumour just to let you be aware of what could possibly happen to let you put in place contingency plans?

However, it is said in the gospel of Matthew 10:36 that "A man’s enemies will be those of his own household." Has this proverb or biblical confirmation not oftentimes proved true in our personal lives?

I feel it as an obligation to alert you to the rumour doing rounds whether it is true or false. It does not cost you much, or anything, to be aware of a rumour against your person or plans to take the necessary precautions to avoid such a diabolic intention materialising.

Some of those that you have entrusted with the purchase, or the provision, of certain materials, for the registration of people onto the new voter register to start on the date officially scheduled, thus 18 April 2020, may intentionally dubiously disappoint you. Their materials may allegedly not be ready. This is to give credence to the views of those vehemently opposing the compilation of a new voter register, arguing on timelines and the high cost involved.

You are mandated by the nation's Constitution to organize credible, peaceful and transparent elections for the country. Therefore, I support your view and determination to organise a new registration of people for the impending general election due to take place on 7 December 2020.

Unless it is some natural disaster or a worldwide crisis as it is with the ongoing Coronavirus (Covid-19) that will come to halt your plan, please, do go for it.

To emphasize on the credibility of my advice to you to be careful of those that you have entrusted with certain tasks to make the registration happen on the day and date scheduled, look at the story of the recent past Inspector General of Police, Mr Asante Apeatu, and his Executive Secretary of Police, Mr Tuubo.

Little did IGP Asante Apeatu know that not only he was in the same office with, but also having, a snake under grass (enemy) as his Secretary. This could have resulted in Mr Apeatu’s being ordered by the President to proceed on a compulsory leave just fifteen days to his formal date of departure from the police force into retirement.

Ghana politics is so dirty that you can hardly trust anyone when it comes to executing policies and programmes you deem to be in the best interest of the nation and the people when such persons feel they cannot get the chance to achieve their corrupt motives.

Why would Julius Caesar turn round to Brutus and ask, “Et tu Brute” (And you Brutus)? Was Caesar not shocked to the bone to see his trusted friend Brutus as being one of his assassins? He never believed Brutus could plot against him let alone, stab him to death. What about Judas Iscariot, the trusted friend of Jesus Christ betraying him?

A word to the wise is enough.

Columnist: Rockson Adofo