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Disagreement over President Akufo-Addo’s Statement on Elections in Ghana

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Elections are about more than just those who cast their votes, according to Professor Ransford Gyampo, a respected academician at the University of Ghana.

The Professor disagreed with the country’s President, Nana Addo Akufo-Addo, who recently stated that “elections are about those who cast their vote, not those who count, not those who supervise, not those who transmit and not those who declare.”

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The President had made the statement during the swearing-in of three new members of the Electoral Commission of Ghana. However, according to Professor Gyampo, those who count the votes are just as important as those who cast them.

He made the comment during an appearance on TV3’s Key Points show, where he argued that the counting process is crucial to ensuring that elections are credible and that the will of the people is respected.

North Tongu Member of Parliament, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, also criticized the President’s statement, describing it as “totally flawed, jaundiced and unacceptable in any democracy.”

The comments from both the Professor and the MP are likely to spark further debate about the role of the electoral process in Ghana. With elections looming on the horizon, it is important that the process is seen to be fair and transparent, with all stakeholders playing their part in ensuring a credible outcome.

While the right to vote is certainly a fundamental aspect of any democracy, it is also essential that those responsible for counting the votes do so accurately and impartially. Without this, the entire process is undermined, and the results will lack credibility.

It is therefore important that all stakeholders in the electoral process work together to ensure that the rights of voters are respected and that the results of the election are a true reflection of the will of the people.

This includes not only those who cast their votes but also those who supervise, count, transmit, and declare the results. Each of these elements is crucial to the success of any democratic election, and each must be given equal consideration.

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