The Dean of Studies and Research at the Institute of Local Government Studies (ILGS), Dr. Oduro Osae has said that Ghana’s former Presidents Jerry John Rawlings, John Agyekum Kufuor and John Dramani Mahama can still run for President in any upcoming elections.
He made the claim on Adom FM’s Burning Issues program on Monday December 10 when asked about Chairman Wontumi’s decision to petition Parliament and Electoral Commission over the contesting of ex-President John Dramani Mahama in the 2020 Presidential elections.
Even though the NDC flagbearership elections has not yet been held, ex-President John Dramani Mahama is likely to win the race and lead the NDC in the 2020 Presidential elections considering the level of support he is already enjoying among NDC MPs and members.
This opportunity for John Dramani Mahama is what the Ashanti Regional Chairman of the NPP; Mr. Antwi-Boasiako affectionately called Chairman Wontumi is threatening to squash by petitioning Parliament, Electoral Commission for injunction and subsequently the Supreme Court for clarification.
Dr. Oduro Osae who doubles as a lawyer and governance expert further explained that his reason for such claim is due to his understanding of what the law says pertaining to ex-President’s running for elections.
“If we vote for ex-President Mahama and he comes, he can spend the four years and still come for a re-election for another term because there was a break in his earlier term; and that’s what we have to take a critical look at in our constitution” He elaborated.
“And it is not in the Constitution that after serving two terms, you cannot contest again so people were suggesting for the interpretation from the Supreme Court if former Presidents Kuffuor and Rawlings can come back and contest."
"This is because the Constitution says you cannot go for more than two terms but it does not debar a President who has served his two terms of office from contesting in any future date,” he added.
Meanwhile, Chairman Wontumi is said to be keen on preventing John Mahama from contesting the 2020 Presidential election.
Speaking on Burning Issues on Adom FM on Monday December 10, he insisted that he will go ahead to petition Parliament and the Electoral Commission in order for them to prevent ex-President John Dramani Mahama, now a Presidential aspirant of the NDC from contesting.
“I will also petition the Supreme Court for an interpretation of the law concerning the contesting of ex-Presidents.” He added.
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