Fresh wave of pressure continues to be mounted on Ghana’s Electoral Commissioner, Mrs. Jean Mensah, and her commissioners to rescind their decision to undertake a mass voter registration exercise for the compilation of a new electoral roll ahead of the December 2020 general elections.
In a seven-point open letter addressed to the EC, a group of over one hundred healthcare practitioners mainly made up of medical doctors, nurses, laboratory professionals and other allied health personnel, are urging the EC to steer clear of any decision or attempt to go ahead with the planned registration exercise as this would most certainly occasion unprecedented mass COVID deaths in Ghana.
The group argues that it only seeks to provide some professional “insights to guide your decision to conduct a mass voter registration exercise in the coming weeks.”
“We the undersigned healthcare practitioners, . . . having keenly followed developments in our country in relation to COVID-19 together with our experiences as frontline actors, wish to provide some insights to guide your decision to conduct a mass voter registration exercise in the coming weeks. Our intent for writing this letter is not to contest your legal mandate to compile a voters’ register, but to share with your team the potential health dangers this proposed exercise may foist on the nation especially considering the recent wave of COVID-19 infections and deaths that continue to stretch the capacities of health care facilities; we are steadily reaching breaking point” it states.
The group has sounded a word of caution to the EC to abandon the exercise as this, according to them, has a potential to accelerate the spread of the COVID and compromise the country’s healthcare system.
“We have never expected our work as health professionals to be easy, but neither do we expect it to be suicidal. We wish to advise that caution is exercised in undertaking any activity that has the potential to accelerate the spread of COVID-19. We believe the impending mass registration exercise falls in this category and has the potential to compromise the health and wellbeing of the population leading to unwanted pain, trauma, and possibly deaths as the past few days have shown,” the letter states.
Read below their full letter addressed to the Electoral Commission: