July 8, 2013

Member of Parliament for Ayawaso West Wougon, Emmanuel Kyeremanteng Agyarko, has said he has conviction that future elections in Ghana will not be the same after the Supreme Court gives judgment on the ongoing 2012 election petition case.

According to him, irrespective of who is declared the winner the hearing of the case has exposed serious flaws in the electoral system which needs a lot of reforms.

The MP who was contributing to a panel discussion on Peace FM’s Kokrokoo show on Monday, in relation to the case stated that several laid down procedures and legal electoral requirements were not adhered to in the 2012 election, a development which does not augur well for the growth of Ghana’s electoral systems.

Hon. Emmanuel Kyeremanteng Agyarko, commended the Presidential Candidate of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) Nana Akufo Addo for rather petitioning the court on electoral dispute and not resorting to arms as has happened in other parts of Africa.

He further condemned the several movement of jailed Journalist Ken Kuranchie from one prison to another in less than a week of his incarceration by the Supreme Court after being found guilty of contempt of court.

The former Food and Drugs Authority Boss was confident that the jailing of Kuranchie would not scare people airing their view freely, adding that ” the day freedom of speech dies, democracy dies”.

Hon. Kyeremanteng Agyarko, found it difficult to understand what the motive was for the shuffling about of Ken Kuranchie, warning that touch wood there may be a price to pay for that ‘harassing’ act by the prison officials.

Ken Kuranchie in less than a week of being jailed has been moved from Nsawam, Ho, Kete Krachi and back to Nsawam Prisons, an action which is viewed by some persons as harassment or persecution.

“No one wishes for any evil thing to happen, but what would the prison officials do or say when in another transfer of Ken Kuranchie to a different prison an accident happens, this would allow room for people to impugn negative motive which may not be the case’’ he said.

Kwadwo Anim/Ghanamps.gov.gh