Dr. Mohammed Ibn Chambas who is a Ghanaian is the Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Office for West Africa and the Sahel is of the view that African nations scheduled for both Parliamentary and Presidential elections this year could create a democratic dialogue to arrive at a consensus considering the provisions of the constitution as well should coronavirus pandemic disrupt general elections.
This year some African nations have schedule for general elections and the ravaging nature of the pandemic may lead to the postponement of the elections in case the pandemic is not dealt with earlier and Ghana is not an exception.
Dr. Chambas made this known while addressing the Rotary Club of Accra, Airport on the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on Africa and the world at large.
“In the case of Ghana, I think we have to go and look at the various provisions of succession in our constitution which I believe are there. So I will not put myself in the position of Supreme Court and pronounce how that will go. But I think in our jurisdiction also, a succession plan is there in event that election is not held,” he said.
He added that the Supreme Court would be in a better position to make a case for Ghana when the general elections become absolutely clear it cannot be held this year due to COVID-19 and believes that Ghana will use democratic means and leadership to deal with this situation so that the rest of Africa could emulate same.
The best decision should be taken democratically in case the coronavirus pandemic does not provide the congenial atmosphere for general elections to be held come 7th December 2020 in Ghana’s case.