The New Patriotic Party (NPP) has directed its members and sympathisers, including the regional and constituency campaign teams, to limit campaign activities that involve mass gatherings.
“As much as possible, health walks and mini rallies should be discouraged, especially where it is becoming difficult or impossible to enforce the safety protocols. The lives of our countrymen and women can certainly not be jeopardised on the altar of political expediency, and so observance of the protocols cannot be compromised regardless of the times we are in,” a statement issued by the party last Wednesday stated.
Signed by General Secretary, Mr John Boadu, it noted with concern the increasing spate of non-adherence to the health protocols on COVID-19 prevention by the Ghanaian public, particularly among the political class during these times of heightened campaign activities ahead of the 2020 general elections.
It said such activities, including health walks, floats, outdoor events and mini rallies, had been characterised by some breaches of the COVID-19 safety protocols on social distancing and the wearing of face masks.
It said the party’s admonition was in line with the caution by managers of Ghana’s COVID-19 situation and President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo in his latest televised address to the nation as part of COVID-19 containment measures, where he attributed the increasing cases to wanton disregard of the protocols.
The statement noted that President Akufo-Addo also urged political leaders and their supporters to set a good example by strictly observing the mask wearing and social distancing protocols during the intensified political activities and rallies ahead of the general elections slated for December 7, 2020.
“It is also important for us to recognise that owing to the exemplary leadership of President Akufo-Addo and his government, Ghana has been hailed across the globe as a model for COVID-19 management, and has recently placed third (3rd) in the world ranking on COVID-19 prevention measures and international co-operation,” it said.
It said the country could not at that critical moment throw caution to the wind and destroy all the laudable gains made in the fight against COVID-19.
“Just as majority of Ghanaians are committed to renewing the mandate of President Akufo-Addo in order to protect the many gains made by this government, it is also our expectation that we shall all strive to work at protecting and consolidating the gains we have made in the COVID-19 fight by strictly observing the safety protocols,” it stated.