Presidential Candidate of the National Democratic Congress John Dramani Mahama says it would be prudent for International election observers to come into the country early enough to monitor processes leading to the December general elections.
He said “it has become a norm for the current administration to use violence when it comes to elections as we saw in Ayawaso West Wuogon (AWW) and also because of some of the incompetence of the EC, we’re likely to have some chaos and disorder because if people go and can’t find their names and BVDs are rejecting people it becomes a recipe for some confusion.
While speaking in a TV interview to wrap up his western regional tour, Mr. Mahama therefore called on the “international community to join our domestic observers to be able to monitor the electoral processes properly”.
“Off course we the political parties will do our own supervision but because we’re stakeholders we’re going to be looking at it from the prejudice of our own interest so we need neutral observers to help in the process” Mr. Mahama added.
“I saw that there was an appeal for funding from the domestic observers and I want to appeal to the International community and all other well-meaning groups to help finance our domestic observers, the International observers are good but CODEO and others also do a very good job and I believe that we should have observers everywhere”.
The NDC flag bearer also accused the Finance Minister of “cooking the books” over the past four years to impress international rating agencies. He reechoed his claim that the Nana Addo led government had multiple sources of income especially from the oil fields and has borrowed more than any other government in Ghana only for consumption and has nothing to show for all the loans.
“Today the single largest and biggest threat to our economy is the almost 1.5 billion dollars that he owes the independent power producers, we came up with ECILLA and with it over five to six years we would have finished paying off that debt but today that debt had ballooned to 1.5 billion dollars.
Mr. Mahama therefore urged Ghanaians to vote back the NDC to power to enable the party implement it’s people’s manifesto, which he said will create jobs, prosperity and enhance the lives of all Ghanaians.
Story by: Edward A. Ken-Zorre