Is Akufo-Addo’s Landslide Victory now Doubtful?

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Comment: Caution rather than to tar

Kofi Ata, Cambridge, UK
2014-09-09 09:33:35
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Storm in a tea cup?

Yaw, it is not my intention to tar Nana Akufo-Addo with what Bugri-Naabu claimed to have done. The main objective is to open up debate on democracy and democratic principles within the wider context of Ghanaian elections. The other is to caution political parties, especially, NPP and NDC that the tactics described by Bugri-Naabu could not be replicated on a national scale and therefore if such plans are being contemplated, be warned. It is particularly difficult for the opposition to be successful in implementing it in a national election.

I appreciate your concern for western standards being applied to judge Ghanaian culture, customs and practices. That is not what I sought to do, though I mentioned religious and traditional beliefs but they were within the context of democratic principles of free and fair elections and the right of the individual to make a free choice, which I believe is a western concept. However, since Ghana is practicing western democracy, we have no other choice but to use western standards as a measure to judge how best Ghana is doing. In fact, had Buri-Naabu said what he said in the UK, US, Canada or any developed democracy, he would have been in trouble with the law. For example, some Labour politicians of Asian origin were tried and jailed in the UK for compelling or influencing some voters of Asian origin to vote massively for them (through postal ballot) in a local election.

The other reason is to discuss some of the practices in Ghana where Daniel Ohene Agyekum and others use scare mongering tactics to force voters to vote for them. Such practices should have no place in a democracy, even if they are not effective. They should be wrong wherever they come from and such people should be dealt with according to the laws of the country. Sadly, in Ghana laws do not apply to Ohene Agyekum, Bugri-Naabu and their cohorts and that is why the country is lacking behind in development. Apart from hearing this matter discussed on Citi FM yesterday, I am not sure it's being discussed anywhere. Probably, Ghanaians would wait till there is a problem after the 2016 elections before discussing it or going to the court to seek solutions.

You are right, I have no evidence to suggest that Nana Akufo-Addo has anything to do with what Bugri Naabu said or did. If anything, Bugri-Naabu's actions were misguided enthusiasm to ensure victory for Nana Akufo-Addo and in doing so ended up courting controversy

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Kofi Ata, Cambridge, UK on Sep 9, 09:33
Caution rather than to tar