Vesta Daily – Accra: A proposal has been made by the Seventh-Day Adventist Church to modify the general election date of December 7, 2024.
The church claimed that the date, which occurs on a Saturday, interferes with the Sabbath—a holy day they have set apart for the worship of God—in a petition to the EC and the AG.
The church argued that to ensure that Adventists have the freedom to worship, it is necessary to codify the proposed date of “the 1st 2nd Tuesday of November” for Ghana’s general elections.
The leadership of the Seventh-day Adventist Church met with the Electoral Commission (EC) on Wednesday, June 7, 2023, intending to move the general election date from December 7 to the first Tuesday in November.
“The Church proposed to the EC moving the date of the general elections from December 7 to the first or second Tuesday of November in that year.”
In an interview, James Kwabena Bomfeh, the Deputy Head of Religious Liberty of the Seventh-Day Adventist Church, defended the idea by saying that it would give ample time to get ready for the ensuing transition process.
Since traditional worshipers typically don’t work on their farms on Tuesdays, he said that if the plan were to be approved, it would also allow them to cast a complete ballot in the elections.
“There is ample time between elections and the swearing-in ceremony, as well as to provide a seamless transfer of documents and procedures between the departing and the entering administrations. Thus, on Tuesday, we will have a day when, according to custom, those who work on farms absolve themselves of their responsibilities and remain at home, while people who go fishing remain at home to relax and take part in the polls in large numbers.