Emmanuel Akwetey: EC crisis beyond 2016 elections

Dr Akwetey

Dr Akwetey

The Executive Director of the Institute for Democratic Governance (IDEG), Dr Emmanuel Akwetey has observed that the crisis that rocked the Electoral Commission (EC) goes beyond the 2016 election happenings.

He explained that the public disagreements that saw the former EC Chairperson, Charlotte Osei and her two deputies, Amadu Sulley and Georgina Opoku Amankwah removed from office could be traced to the manner in which the transition from Dr Kwadwo Afari-Gyan to Mrs Osei was handled.

“The leadership transition was not handled well that led to the fallout the country witnessed among the new leaders of the election governing body at the time and the transition was so vital that Dr Afari-Gyan’s successor should have had experience working with him.

“The leadership transition wasn’t handled well; it took too long to determine who will succeed Afari Gyan. I thought the transition was so important the person ought to work with Dr Afari-Gyan for a while; I also think we left the transition so late.

“Without questioning the competence of the sacked leaders, the leadership crisis that arose among them could have been avoided if the transition from Dr Afari-Gyan to Mrs Osei was handled properly.

“The transition if it was handled differently, they would have known themselves and sorted out a number of issues, understood the spirit, soul of the institution, the people, issues and it’s the collective leadership that was fractured.

“The new EC boss, Jean Mensa and her deputies, Samuel Tettey and Dr Bossman Asare must spend some time to rebuild those fractured relationships at the commission in order to move forward smoothly to avoid a repeat of what happened,” Dr Akwetey cautioned.

President Nana Akufo-Addo was bound by law to sack her and her two deputies after recommendations were made and a judicial committee established under Article 146 of the 1992 Constitution made the recommendations.

The National Democratic Congress (NDC) has, however, accused the government of masterminding their removal.

President Akufo-Addo has since appointed former boss of the Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA), Jean Mensa as EC Chairperson with former Head of Political Science Department of the University of Ghana, Dr Bossman Asare and Director of Electoral Services, Samuel Tettey as her deputies. –myjoyonline.com

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