NDC MP Ahmed Ibrahim has called on Electoral Commission Chair Jean Mensa to reveal those with alleged plans to undermine the 2024 elections.
Mr Ibrahim questions Mrs. Mensa's statements, suggesting a predetermined orchestration of violence before, during and after the elections to dent the credibility of the polls and thr EC.
At a meeting on Tuesday, 5 December 2023, with the National Elections Security Taskforce, comprising the Inspector General of Police, the Chief of Defence Staff and other service commanders about security preparations for the 2024 elections, the EC Chair said: "Presently, one of the major challenges we face is that whereas the violence experienced in elections in the early 2000s and the early 90s were birthed out of genuine causes and disagreement, what we witness today is a predetermined, well-orchestrated strategy to unleash violence before, during, and after the elections for the sole purpose of undermining the credibility and integrity of elections and denting the image of institutions such as the EC, Police and other security agencies.”
Reacting to the EC Chair's comments, however, the First Deputy Minority Whip observed that for Mrs Mensa to make such open statements at this crucial period suggests she is privy to some orchestration and is uncomfortable about the outcomes.
He said her comment is only a desperate cry.
“Did you listen to the comment by the Special Prosecutor? When he himself said ‘m’ay3 ankonam,’ to wit, 'I am alone and that when he completes serving his term, he will move on? Did you listen to the Bugri Naabu tape, when he said the NPP gurus and NPP Police Commissioners met to conspire about how to manipulate the 2024 elections?", he asked host of IDEAS Exchange Eric Ahianyo.
He emphasised: “Who were they referring to? The government in power and the ruling New Patriotic Party who were saying that if they don’t remove the IGP, they cannot win the next elections. Bugri Naabu was a former Northern regional NPP Chairman and he did that with Superintendent George Asare and COP Alex Mensah, who now wants to contest on NPP’s ticket in Bekwai".
The opposition MP said: "If you are EC Chair, and you hear these things, and it is the same President, Nana Akufo-Addo, who appointed you, you can’t mention his name. So, you will lament. I bet you if the person Jean Mensa is referring to were to be the NDC, this evening they would have picked them in their houses”.
Asked why he sounds more convinced, the aggressors are people in government, this was his response. …“The fingers are not being pointed at the NDC. Jean Mensa cannot mention Nana Akufo Addo direct. He cannot mention COP Alex Mensah, Bugri Naabu and all those conspirators directly so definitely, it will be lamentations.”
Mr Ibrahim debunked assertions that the largest opposition party, the National Democratic Congress' ‘boot for boot’ comment and the recent clean-up exercise at former President John Mahama’s office during which they brandished cutlasses and other implements to ward off a pro-NPP group which had threatened to picket there, is the reason for the EC’s fears