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The National Democratic Congress (NDC) has described the president’s decision to lift the ban of partial lockdown as “totally premature and lacks scientific basis”.
According to the National Communications Officer, Sammy Gyamfi, the decision is politically motivated that aims at making space for the Electoral Commission to compile a new voter’s register for the 2020 general elections.
“The lifting of the partial lockdown by President Akufo-Addo, at a time the country is witnessing astronomical increases in positive COVID-19 cases, particularly horizontal infections, is totally premature and lacks a scientific basis.”
He also questioned why the president will place political convenience ahead of public safety.
“It is clearly a politically motivated decision, calculated to allow the EC the space to undertake its entrenched and illogical determination to compile a new voters’ register for the 2020 general elections and nothing more.”
This was contained in a press release signed by Sammy Gyamfi, the National Communications Officer for the party and copied to GhanaWeb on Monday, April 20, 2020.
President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo lifted restrictions imposed on the movement of persons within some parts of Greater Accra, Tema, Kasoa and Greater Kumasi after a three weeks partial lockdown.
However, NDC describes this decision as “a reckless political gamble that portends great danger for this nation. Ghanaians must never forgive him if this unimaginable decision exacerbates our COVID-19 situation. The blame for any fatality that is occasioned by this reckless decision must lie squarely with the President.”
Below is his full statement:
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