Seasoned broadcaster Paul Adom Otchere has expressed his dissatisfaction at the constant pandemonium characterizing internal political elections due to the exclusion of some individuals’ names in the voting register.
Mr. Adom-Otchere said making the internal voters register available to the general public in a form of an App will eradicate violence during executive elections.
He believes political parties treat the voters register as sacrosanct hence its unavailability to prevent the disagreements that greet internal elections.
“There should be an App that sitting here at Metro TV as a news reporter, I can punch the NDC, NPP voters’ register, and I can have it. If Paul Adom-Otchere is in for Kwabo constituency he should be there. If a person is a constituency chairman from Garu-Tempane why should he arrive at the event venue and they say his name is not in the register?” he wondered.
He added, “All of those things must stop in our politics. Somebody’s name is in, [but] somebody’s name is not in. Let people go to the polls and win or lose. Let people stop the machinations.”
During the NDC’s National Youth and Women’s Congress held at Cape Coast in the Central Region on December 10, 2022, two rival groups violently clashed throwing stones, blocks, sticks, clubs, and chairs among others, causing injury to three persons and destruction to property.
The intervention of the Police brought the situation under control for the processes to continue to the end without any further incidents.
After an initial review of Police-specific video footage of the event, 16 suspects have so far been identified as some of the people involved in the violence and have been declared wanted.
A Ghc10,000.00 reward has been set aside for any member of the public who can provide credible information to the police that can lead to the arrest of any of the suspects.
Speaking on the Good Evening Ghana on Metro TV on Tuesday, December 13, 2022, Paul Adom Otchere said preventing some delegates from casting their votes triggered the disturbance.
“It is derailing our politics and allowing very bad people to find space in our politics. Bad people should not find space in our politics. People who want to compete on ideas should find space in our politics. Not bad people. The way we do our politics, we can have a lot of rogue behaviour because the voters’ register is sacrosanct.”
“Constituency chairmen have been elected, if all constituency chairmen are on the register, they shouldn’t show up at the Accra Sports Stadium…Somebody is a chairman at Amenfi West, he comes they say ‘your name is not in the register’ Why does that happen in our politics all the time?”
Mr. Adom-Otchere, however, urged the Electoral Commission to assist the political parties to fix the mess to avoid the preventable incidence.
By: Bernard Ralph Adams | Metrotvonline.com | Ghana