Former President John Dramani Mahama may have to re-sign the official book of condolence opened for the late Rawlings on Monday, November 16, 2020.
Mr Mahama’s re-signing of Rawlings’ book of condolence is as a result of the former being prevented from signing on November 13, 2020.
According to the General Secretary of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) Johnson Asiedu Nketia, the former president was previously blocked from signing.
“The maternal family from Anlo was represented, the nuclear family as well. We were led by our flagbearer. Upon arrival, we were informed that the book of condolence had been taken to the [Accra International] Conference Centre, so we should go there.
“By the time we reached there, the state officials had locked up the [Accra] International Conference Centre, taking the book away.”
He continued: “When we enquired, we were told that they had been directed to prevent Mr. Mahama from signing.”
But a release dated November 13, 2020 from the State Protocol Department said the signing of the book of condolence opened for the late Jerry John Rawlings will begin on Monday, November 16 and end on Friday, November 20 at the foyer of the Centre.
From the schedule attached to the release, the Speaker of Parliament will be the first to sign the book between 9:00am and 9:30am.
He will be followed by the Chief Justice and members of the Judicial Council.
It is after the Council, which includes justices of the Supreme Court, that the former presidents will sign.
Former President John Agyekum Kufuor has been listed first and then, Mr Mahama, who is the current leader of the party founded by Mr Rawlings, then signs.
However, it’s quite unclear if he will make himself available to retry to sign the book again.