Allow Council of State to select EC chairman

Nana Akuffo Addo (6).,NANA Addo Dankwa Akufo- Addo, New Patriotic Party (NPP) flag-bearer for Election 2016, has urged President John Mahama to allow the Council of State to transparently, choose a new chairman of the Electoral Commission (EC) in accordance with the 1992 Constitution.

He explained that the appointment of the new EC chairman should be done in such a manner that, it would engender broad public confidence in the nation’s electoral process.

Nana Akufu-Addo made the call at the induction of executives of the University of Cape Coast branch of the Tertiary Education Students’ Confederacy (TESCON), a wing of the NPP, at the weekend.

The executive body, which would be in office for a year, is expected to liaise with the Central Regional branch of the party, in ensuring victory in 2016.

Nana Akufo-Addo appealed to the Council of State to search, vet and nominate an efficient, independent and impartial person for the President to appoint as the EC boss.

He stressed that the involvement of the citizenry in the process, could help in strengthening the democratic process in the country, adding that the new EC chairman, should win the confidence of members of the society, and must owe his or her duty to the people and not to the government of the day.

Nana Akufo-Addo blamed the National Democratic Congress (NDC) administration for the high rate of corruption, which he said had deprived the nation of the required revenue for development.

The NPP flag-bearer said that he would lead a crusade against corruption in the country, explaining that throughout his public life, he had not been and would never be corrupt.

He warned that if he wins the 2016 election, his government would not allow public officials to amass wealth at the expense of the citizenry.

Nana Akufo-Addo cited alleged scam involving the Savanna Accelerated Development Authority (SADA), Ghana Youth Employment and Entrepreneurial and Development Agency (GYEEDA), and the payment of questionable judgement debt amounting to 1.8 billion dollars, which he said was more than the amount the country had secured from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) bailout programme.

He appealed to Ghanaians to vote for the NPP in order to restore their confidence in democratic practice in the country and urged the youth to take keen interest in governance by questioning the way state resources were being used by the current administration.

He said Ghana risked becoming bankrupt, considering the reckless spending by the NDC government, which had resulted in the government running to the IMF for assistance.

The Vice presidential aspirant of the NPP for 2016, Dr. Mahamadu Bawumia, accused the NDC administration of mismanaging the economy, saying the NPP was capable of transforming the economy.

He said the country was yearning for a change and that would be led by Nana Akufo-Addo, due to his dedication towards the transformation of the country.

From David O. Yarboi-Tetteh,
Cape Coast

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