Former EC Chief Director wants EC rebranded, quizzes significance of logo

Mr Agyeman

Mr Agyeman

Former Chief Director of the Electoral Commission (EC), Kwame Damoah Agyeman, has stated that there is the need for the Commission to be rebranded.

According to him, the rebranding process must involve changing the logo of the commission because “it has no significance.”
Mr Agyeman made the observations while contributing to discussions on the removal of the EC Chairperson and her two deputies.

“The commission thrives on its integrity, since they have removed the top, the integrity is gone, the commission needs to be rebranded and the administrative style of the commission put some fear into the staff.

“There was a situation where staff that was due for retirement were forced to retire prior to election period, which put fear in them.

“The administrative style of the EC brought some sort of fear to the staff because in the past, every activity was suspended during an election year because experienced hands were needed.

“In 2016, there was a circular that from January, anybody who was due for retirement within that election year should take their leave prior to retirement before March because any leave after March will be abolished,” Mr Agyeman pointed out.

President Nana Akufo-Addo on June 28 announced the removal of the Chairperson of the EC, Charlotte Osei and her two deputies, Amadu Sulley and Georgina Opoku Amankwah from office.

This was after a committee set up by Chief Justice Sophia Akuffo to investigate allegations of misconduct, abuse of office, conflict of interest and incompetence found them guilty.

The three have been involved in heated and spirited media warfare, accusing each other of wrongdoing.

It follows a petition filed by three citizens for their removal from office.

“The commissioners are the cause of their own problem because they were accusing themselves after the petition of the concerned staff,” Mr Agyeman noted.

Paul Abrampah-Mensah, Programmes Officer for the Center for Democratic Development (CDD-Ghana), said “if issues of questioning the integrity of the institution arise necessary actions must be put in place.

“These issues affect the image and credibility of the institution”, he added.

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