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Akufo-Addo Highlights the ‘Volta Virus’ in Concession Speech

Posted by Business in Ghana on January 4, 2009

The concession of electoral defeat by the presidential candidate of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP), Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, to the presidential candidate of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), and now President-Elect Atta-Mills, has been widely reported in the global media. And this is all well and good for the democratic development of our country, at least in theory.

What needs to also be highlighted is the apparent complicity, or at least tacit condoning, of the Electoral Commission (EC) in alleged electoral fraud verging on downright criminality. Inevitably, therefore, Nana Akufo-Addo’s concession speech had to also impugn the integrity of Dr. Kwadwo Afari-Gyan, chairman of the EC, and his staff and associates. To this end, the former Ghanaian Justice and Foreign minister poignantly observed as follows: “By stating that there is criminal conduct in some constituencies of the Volta Region and yet announcing the results, the Electoral Commission has given the unfortunate impression that it does not matter how votes are being obtained[,] as long as they are duly recorded” (Ghana News Agency 1/3/09).

By Kwame Okoampa-Ahoofe, Jr.

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