National Democratic Congress Flagbearer, John Dramani Mahama has admitted that COVID-19 has affected the campaign mood where political parties organized rallies, durbars and other political activities to get their message across to the electorates.
Mr. Mahama said the political parties have to adapt to this new era of the pandemic to campaign.
“Covid has changed the mood of campaigning. You meet chiefs and people, you cannot shake hands, you cannot show affection. You need to social distance, it’s a very strange campaign season but you have to learn to adapt to it.
“For instance, because of the law, we cannot hold mass rallies where you aggregate thousands of people, not that it won’t happen because sometimes you don’t have control over it. You are coming to a community and they know you’re coming and they come out in their huge numbers.”
He also said that most Ghanaians still have the notion that COVID-19 do not exist and the few that believe it does think they are immune.
Taking a swipe at the government, Mahama said it has not educated the citizens enough about the virus.
“Certainly the president is the leader he must provide leadership on it. When COVID was raging, I suggested to him that he should involve the chiefs and assembly members in the public awareness and public education but he didn’t do that and so the public education has been poor and so people are not even aware about the modes of transmission and even if they are aware they don’t believe they can be affected with COVID.” he said.
He made this assertions in an interview on Class Fm’s Executive Breakfast Show on Monday, September 14, 2020.
Source: Ghana Waves