The National Organiser of the opposition National Democratic Congress, Joseph Yammin, has vowed that the party and its members will defend ballots in the 2024 general election by whatever means necessary.
While the NDC suffered in the 2020 elections as a result of violence, rigging, and intimidation, he claims that the 2024 election would be different because any such action will be opposed.
“Do you think we are going into the election to clap for Dr Mahamudu Bawumia? We are going to win the election and if winning the election means that we have to protect ourselves, we are going to do that.
“We are not going into the election to watch on for Bawumia to become president. We are going to tell Ghanaians to make Mahama president because he is the only person that can save this nation.
“We are going to vote and if it calls that we have to also protect the ballot boxes, we are going to do that, whatever means we need to protect the ballot boxes, we are telling you and telling everybody listening to you that we will do it.
“No matter the intimidation, no matter what. We will not sit aloof. The palms that were used to slap people in 2020 we also have some and we don’t just use ours to eat fufu, we can also slap someone,” he told Kwame Nkrumah Tikese of Okay FM on the Tuesday, December 26, 2023, edition of his Ade Akye Abia morning show.
The comment by Joseph Yamin follows a police announcement launching an inquiry into a similar statement made by the party’s Deputy National Secretary, Mustapha Gbandi, on the same show a few days earlier.
According to the cops Mustapha’s appeal for NDC members to show up to voting places armed in order to safeguard their franchise bordered on incitement, which is illegal.
However, in response to the police statement, Joseph Yamin stated that he finds nothing wrong with his colleague’s viewpoint.
Instead than targeting the NDC, he believes it is the police’s responsibility to ensure a free, fair, and transparent election.
He accused the police of disregarding several episodes of electoral intimidation and violence conducted by the ruling New Patriotic Party against the NDC, while emphasizing that his party will do all in its power to defend its ballots if the police cannot.