Organization of Ghanaians Abroad have stated their readiness to contribute to Ghana’s growth if the Representation of the People’s Amendment Law (ROPAL) becomes operational.
According to them, they are Ghana’s 11th region thus are entitled to vote anywhere they are in the world.
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President of Organization of Ghanaians Abroad (OGA), Michael Osei Mensah disclosed this while reacting to Vice President Mahamudu Bawumia’s call on them to help accelerate the emancipation of the African continent.
Speaking on the 150th Anniversary of the birth of Dr W.E.B Du Bois in Accra, Dr. Bawumia noted that the destiny of Africans anywhere in the world is irrevocably tied to the destiny of the African continent.
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“It is important for Africans to recognize that we are all Africans, whether you are in the diaspora or on the [African] continent ” Dr Bawumia stated.
But on Adom FM’s Dwaso Nsem Wednesday, Michael Osei Mensah said though they welcome Dr. Bawumia’s call, government must also fulfill its part of the bargain.
He indicated that, following a High Court ruling ordering the Electoral Commission (EC) to implement ROPAL, they have not been contacted on the plans of its implementation ahead of the 2020 general elections.
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The President of OGA bemoaned how their remittances contribute hugely to Ghana’s economy yet successive governments seem unconcerned about their voting right.
“We are ready to contribute to revive Ghana’s economy if we are allowed to vote. We have been fighting for voting right and this government must help us achieve that”, he requested.
Until that is achieved, Mr. Osei Mensah said they will keep their hands crossed until EC starts the process to allow them to vote in the 2020 elections.
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