Former President Jerry John Rawlings, has called on the National Electoral Commission (EC) to uphold the sanctity and integrity of the 2020 Presidential and Parliamentary elections.
That, he said, could be done by cleaning up the register following recent reports of missing names and other challenges during the exhibition.
An official statement signed by Mr Kobina Andoh Amoakwa, the Head of the Communications Directorate, said the former President said this in a meeting with the Chiefs of Anlo Traditional Area in Accra.
The delegation of Chiefs led by the Awadada of the Anlo State, Togbe Agbesi Awusu II who came to mourn the demise of Madam Victoria Agbotui, mother of the former President and a Queenmother of the Anlo State.
Former President Rawlings said, he raised those observations in a recent meeting with the National Security Minister, “the latter enquired if he had any concerns about current national issues.
He said notwithstanding the good intentions of government to protect the country’s territorial interest and integrity, the recent deployment of the military and other security services that sparked some disaffection could have been done without the passion it generated.
Former President Rawlings thanked the Chiefs and Elders of Anlo State for their support and wise counsel to bring his mother home for the final funeral rights.
He reiterated the need for such a remarkable step and stated, “My grandmother and some uncles would have been buried in Keta, but the landlessness or the erosion caused by the sea has claimed many homes and family graveyards.
He said he was grateful the construction of a sea defence wall had re-nourished the coastline and brought some form of control to prevent the sea from doing the usual damage of land erosion.
Former President Rawlings noted that it was equally his prayer that government would claim more land extending up to Aflao for the people living along that stretch to have access to more land for socio-economic development.
He said the essence of sending the mortal remains of elders of the land back home, was to deepen the values and spirituality of the traditional area and called for the protection of such cultural values.
Togbe Agbesi Awusu II, on his part, said: ‘The indisputable integrity of former President Rawlings, his contributions to national development and the dividends of his exceptional leadership is what we enjoy today as the Fourth Republic”.
According to the Awadada, the customs of Anlo make it imperative for the Chiefs and Elders of the land to call on their son and the immediate bereaved family to confirm the sad news, offer their condolences and equally use the opportunity to offer special prayers for the departed soul and the bereaved family.
According to Togbe Awusu Agbesi II, emerging developments in the region by a group of people calling for secession and declaring Volta as not part of the Republic of Ghana was worrisome and endangered peace and national cohesion and must be discouraged.
The Chairman of the Funeral Planning Committee and the Stool Father of the Anlo State, Mr Daniel Abodakpi, expressed the family’s profound gratitude to the Chiefs for the kind support and for the fact that they had lived through the true history of the role the former President and his government played.
Members of the delegation included, Torgbiga Addo VIII- Fiaga of Klikor, Torgbi Gbordzor V – Dusifiaga of Anlo and Dufia of Woe, Torgbi James Okloo V- Dufia of Keta, Togbi Kpemenegawo V – Wuti, Torgbi Adukli Attipoe- Anyako and Torgbi Edihoo II – Xorvi.
Others were; Torgbi Djirakor I, Dr. Nyaho Nyaho Tamakloe, Dumega James Kofi Tamakloe, Torgbi Adzofia V, Dzodze, Torgbi Tay- Agbozo V- Dzelukope, Torgbi Akaba VIII- Anyako, Mama Dzotsi IV and Mama Wui III.