Hannah Louisa Bissiw
National Women’s Organizer of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), Hannah Louisa Bissiw, is promising ‘war’ if her party loses the 2020 general elections.
She claims the just-ended referenda on creation of six additional regions were rigged by the Electoral Commission (EC) in favour of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) government and considers that as a ‘dress rehearsal’ for the 2020 general elections.
“We know that in 2020 we are entering the field for general election, but it’s going to be a war,” the NDC Women’s Organizer said last Saturday at Asamankese in the Eastern Region during a function for Constituency Women Organisers by the Regional Women’s Organiser, Shirley Naana Osei Ampem.
“What we saw on December 27, 2018 during the referendum gives us cause to prepare ourselves. They went ahead to rig the process in favour of the government.”
“We have seen that it is a dress rehearsal for the 2020 election. We have now realized that in 2020 it is going to be very difficult but we have resolved that when they bring it on we will match them boot for boot.”
She launched a scathing attack on President Akufo-Addo and the Electoral Commission Chairperson Jean Mensa, claiming the EC Boss has been appointed by the president to help him retain power.
She also accused Ghanaians of playing the ‘ostrich’ by remaining indifferent to the machinations of the EC Boss, who was recently appointed.
“Jean Mensa is a relative of President Akufo-Addo. Both the NPP and the NDC agreed that they were going to create the region so why did they rig? “When I went to vote during the referendum, I told the EC officials that they are killing democracy.”
“Akufo-Addo has come to destroy our democracy. We are telling him that we shall strip on the streets to show our disgust over the way they are doing things in the country.”
“Our marriages are collapsing because of bad governance. Drivers are not able to make money, farmers are struggling, cocoa farmers are being cheated, spare parts dealers can’t clear their goods from the ports; the health sector is in disarray.
She said “it’s possible the majority of the women in the NDC did not work during the last election, but we have put things in place for them to campaign this time round in 2020 and bring the party back to power. We will not put out our strategy. We know what we are doing.”
From Daniel Bampoe, Koforidua