The Member of Parliament of the Daffiama-Busie-Issa Constituency, Dr. Sebastian Sandaare has sent out a strong warning to the Electoral Commission (EC) of Ghana to avoid activities that will mar his victory come December 7, 2020. He said any calculated attempt by the EC and other political actors to derail his chances of going to Parliament for the second term will be vehemently resisted.
The NDC law maker in the constituency expressing confidence of securing another four years to serve as MP boasted that “I am convinced that the people of Daffiama-Busie-Issa will renew my mandate and I am sure of my victory which is my focus “. He therefore cautioned that “anybody who dares temper with the victory of Dr. Sandaare, you are tempering in a way that will not be good for you”.
The DBI legislator alleged that there is a deliberate attempt by the Electoral Commission to disenfranchise some residents of Daffiama, Wogu and other polling stations who form a major part of the constituency. He claimed that the EC had clearly exhibited this by changing, overnight, the agreed gazetted schedule for the Phase II from July 6 to August 6 without any form of consultation particularly with the District Inter Party Advisory Committee (DIPAC). “We know the game plan of what the electoral commission wants to do to the people of Daffiama, and we will not accept that”, he fumed.
Hon Sandaare reminded the EC of their core duty and charged them to make the electoral processes “transparent enough, free enough and fair enough for the people to decide”. He was worried that prevailing conditions such as persistent rainfall and break down of machines may disrupt the processes during the adjourning months.
He revealved that the thirteen major polling stations in the constituency which have been affected by these sudden changes had been sensitized and ready for the exercise on the first scheduled date. He therefore insisted the Electoral Commission should not have any other alternative than to honour their call to duty by doing the needful. He likened the act exhibited by the current staff of the EC and the New Patriotic Party (NPP) to autocracy and thus urged them to emulate the works of their predecessors.
Dr. Sebastian Sandaare is seeking re-election after winning the 2016 elections. He goes into the contest against the NPP’s Parliamentary Candidate, Hon Imori Nadi Sanda, who is also the Chief Executive of the Daffiama-Bussie-Issa District.