Ghana Will Have Two Presidents

NPP organizer warns

The Ashanti regional organiser of the opposition New Patriotic Party has warned the ruling National Democratic Congress and the Electoral Commission of his party’s preparedness not to give in to what he asserts are ‘schemes’ by the two to rig the 2012 General Election.

And in the light of that, Mr. Kennedy Kankam has warned that Ghana “will have two presidents in 2013” should the EC fail to implement the biometric verification without the necessary support from government.

“…Let the EC try not to accept the verification suggestions we are making and rig the elections [2012 General Election] for the NDC, and Ghana will have two presidents in 2013: one will be being sworn in Accra, and; the other in Kumasi,” he stressed, adding that “then Ghana will live to taste the real ‘“All die be die”’ spirit.

The youthful firebrand of the NPP was reacting to the chairman of the Electoral Commission, Dr. Kwadwo Afari Djan’s statement on the biometric registration on Kumasi-based Boss FM.

According to him, the NPP has for some time now been calling for a verification system as the EC introduced the biometric system which, it says, would be used in registering eligible voters for the upcoming general elections.

He indicated that the Dr. Afari Djan’s assertions that he did not see the essence of the verification system if all the political parties involved pledged not to indulge in any electoral malpractice, was untenable.

Mr. Kennedy Kankam however cautioned that if Dr. Afari Djan and the Mills-led government want the nation to have only one president in 2013, then they should ensure that a verification system is put in place to check any malpractice during registration and on the day of voting, adding that “this would clear their minds of any intention by government and the EC to pull a fast one on Ghanaians.”

Reacting to Mr. Kennedy Kankam’s statement, the Ashanti Regional Secretary of the NDC, Joseph Yamin, reminded the former that government, and for that matter the NDC, is in control of the security agencies in the country and would therefore control the elections come 2012.

“If Kennedy has forgotten what his party member Kennedy Agyapong said in 2008, let me remind him that he said they had in their control all the security agencies and so they would control the elections, so what makes him think we shall sit down for them to do what they like,” Mr. Yamin pointed.

STORY: FROM JAMES APPIAKORANG JR., KUMASI, A/R