A group of Ghanaians labeling themselves as Concerned Citizens Living in the USA yesterday staged a protest outside the United Nations as President John Dramani Mahama delivered his speech to the global summit. The protestors said they were demonstrating against a lack of interest on the part of the government and the country’s electoral Commission to compile a new voters’ register ahead of the 2016 general elections.
Speaking to Ghnewsnow, Kwame Agyemang Budu, one of the organizers said they were also protesting in solidarity with the ‘Let My Vote Count Alliance’ (LMVCA) in Ghana. He said even though they are aware that the Electoral Commission is considering proposals for the feasibility and practicality of compiling of a new register, they were at the UN to draw international attention to the issue. “We are not protesting to kill anybody, we are protesting that in their consideration they should think about Ghana first… we want peace so they should take into consideration the voices of [the] Ghanaian people”, he said.
A senior communicator of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Hopeson Adorye said he flew in to participate in the protest because the NPP shares the group’s concerns. He suggested that there is the potential for chaos in the country if the government and the EC do not put in the provision for a new voters’ register which he says is bloated.
If you remember, in Kenya, they did not just get up and then fight, it was through electoral dispute” he said.
Watch a video of the protest here: