EC needs total overhaul – Lecturer

Dr Brenya

Dr Brenya

Political scientist at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Dr. Edward Brenya has backed calls for the total overhaul of the Electoral Commission (EC) after the chairperson, Mrs Charlotte Osei and two of her deputies, Alhaji Amadu Sulley and Georgina Opoku Amankwah were sacked.

They were removed from office following the recommendation of the committee set up by the Chief Justice, Justice Sophia Akuffo.

His call comes on the back of a recent petition by two Ghanaian citizens, Malik Basintale, a student of the University of Ghana, and Eric Adjei, a student of KAAF University, asking the president, to investigate and remove Mrs Pauline Adobea Dadzawa, one of the commissioners of the Electoral Commission for “incompetence” and “misbehaviour”.

Mrs Dadzawa is alleged to have said in an audio recording that the former Deputy Communications Minister, Felix Kwakye Ofosu, pocketed half of an amount of $12 million meant for the members of the Commission as a gift from the previous National Democratic Congress (NDC) Administration.

The petition also mentioned that former President Agyekum Kufuor paid monies to staff of the commission to show gratitude after elections.

Dr. Brenya supported calls for a complete shake-up in the administration of the Electoral Commission and its operations.

Oh yes if you look at what has happened so far you will ask yourself what exactly the composition of the Electoral Commission is, a body that Ghanaians entrust so much trust in, that Ghanaians want to see it live beyond reproach but all this thing is going on,” he lamented.

He also acknowledges the fact that it’s a human institution which is bound to make mistakes in its day-to-day activities. –kasapafmonline.com

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