Akufo-Addo will not extend term in office over COVID-19 pandemic – Oppong Nkrumah

Akufo-Addo will not extend term in office over COVID-19 pandemic – Oppong Nkrumah

- Kojo Oppong Nkrumah has said revealed that the Akufo-Addo government is not thinking of using the COVID-19 to extend its stay in power

- According to him, the government does not see any reason to seek to extend its first term constitutional mandate using the virus as an excuse

- Kojo Oppong Nkrumah said just as other countries are considering ways of holding elections in the wake of the pandemic, Ghana should also explore means of doing same

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Minister of Information, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, has said revealed that the Akufo-Addo government is not thinking of using the COVID-19 to extend its stay in power.

According to him, the government does not see any reason to seek to extend its first term constitutional mandate using the virus as an excuse, without a safe, free and fair election.

He made this known during a press briefing on Tuesday, May 12, 2020.

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Kojo Oppong Nkrumah said just as Ivory Coast and Burundi are considering ways of holding elections in the wake of the pandemic, Ghana should also explore other means of doing the same.

“The government is of the view that instead of contemplating measures that are not envisaged in the constitution, our best energies, our innovation and creativity should be invested in exploring how a country like ours can have safe and free elections,” he said.

Meanwhile, Host of Metro TV’s Good Evening Ghana, Paul Adom-Otchere, has already ruled out any possibility of the Chief Justice ascending to the highest office of the presidency in case there is no general election due to the outbreak of the novel Coronavirus in Ghana.

Adom-Otchere said the option would be impossible since it has no grounds in the country’s legal framework.

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In other news, the Electoral Commission (EC) has responded to allegations by the Minority on their intension to compile new voters' register ahead of the December 2020 polls in the midst of the Coronavirus crisis.

The Minority Leader at a press conference questioned the priorities of the government and the EC as the coronavirus festers.

A statement signed by the election management body’s Acting Director of Public Affairs, Mrs. Sylvia Annor, noted that the Commission will still go ahead with the compilation of the new register despite the COVID-19 pandemic.

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