Anti-government pressure group Let My Vote Count Alliance is accusing President John Dramani Mahama and the National Democratic Congress (NDC) of colluding with some “corrupt” EC officers to rig the 2016 elections.It says that explains why excessive force - from the police - and “backdoor” injunctions - by the courts - are being employed to discourage members from demonstrating against the current voters’ register.
“We want to tell His Excellency President John Dramani Mahama and his NDC that they have lost the plot to rig the 2016 elections,” Convener David Asante told journalists on Tuesday, September 29.
“Nothing that they can do will stop the current register from being changed for a new one. Whatever they were able to do in 2012 with that bogus register will not happen again.”
Mr Asante was addressing journalists a day after an Accra circuit court presided over by Justice Jennifer Anne Myers Ahmed slapped an ex parte injunction on their intended march on Tuesday.
“Clearly, the judge, without any attempt to interrogate the basis of the Police claims, bought into it wholly. This is a danger to our democracy. Where judges are quick to comply with the wishes of the State against the rights of citizens such a country is called a Police State.”
Mr Asante called on the Chief Justice not allow the judiciary to be manipulated “to drag Ghana back into a Police State and she must do all that her powers permit to ensure full compliance of the Bench to the letter and spirit of the basic law of this country, the 1992 Fourth Republican Constitution.”
He said the group is bent on using all legal means to get the current voters’ register changed.
“The good people of Ghana are prepared to fight with all the legitimate weapons available to give the country the unalloyed opportunity to decide next year whether to vote for change or vote for continuity. No longer should the legal votes of those entitled to vote not be made to count. No longer should ghosts and non-nationals, corrupt EC officers and all be allowed to overturn the mandate of Ghanaians. This is a battle worth fighting for and we have no desire to quit today or tomorrow.”
But before then, the Alliance is heading to the Supreme Court to seek interpretation on the Public Order Act of 1994.