The Ghana Federation of Labour, GFL, remains worried at the contention between some political parties in opposition and the Electoral Commission as it sends bad signal to the business and international community.
The Federation believes such disagreements have the tendency to reduce investments with its associated negative impact on the Ghanaian economy and labour movement.
A statement issued and signed by the Federation’s President, Caleb Nartey and its Secretary General, Abraham Koomson, after an emergency virtual meeting, said under the prevailing circumstances the Federation has appealed to Parliament, Council of State and the Emminent Advisory Committee, to enhance engagements among the Political parties and the EC as well as the National Security to avert acts that can inflame tension.
According to the GFL, recent events by Civil Society Organizations, CSO, and the coalition of Minority Political Parties as well as comments emanating from academia in addition to some actions by the national security has deeply polarized the society ahead of the upcoming elections.
The Federation says they must rather work together to ensure all eligible voters are allowed to exercise their franchise without any hindrance before, during and after the December general elections.
Speaking to Ghanaianvoiceonline in Tema, the Secretary General of the GFL, Abraham Koomson, stressed that the electoral laws are very sensitive therefore there is the need for consensus building among all stakeholders to enhance confidence in the electoral process and the general acceptance of electoral results.
He said the right to vote as a citizen of Ghana is blatantly being violated by conditions the EC outlined as eligibility criteria for registration of a voter; explaining that vouching by others to ascertain the citizenship of applicants and the requirement of a passport or Ghana card as proof of citizens are inappropriate.
“The existing voter ID cards haven’t been largely discredited by court of law, it’s validity cannot be discounted by any other authority”.
The GFL also observed that the COVID-19 pandemic poses a serious challenge to strict adherence to the structured timelines the EC put out ostensibly to meet legal deadlines preceding the December 7 elections.
Source: Edith Atiaka-Eshun