Jean Mensa, deputies conversant with electoral processes—Gyimah-Boadi

 Mrs Mensa

Mrs Mensa

Former Executive Director of the Ghana Centre for Democratic Development (CDD-Ghana), Professor Emmanuel Gyimah-Boadi has stated that newly sworn-in electoral chair, Jean Adukwei Mensa and her deputies are not new to the electoral processes, making concerns about their ability to supervise the 2020 elections baseless.
Mrs Mensa, who was sworn into office with her two deputies on August 1, has been under pressure from some members of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), with many doubting their ability to govern the institution that must see to successful outcome of the elections in December 2020.

But Prof Gyimah-Boadi insisted that Mrs Mensa’s former position as Head of the Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA) gives her an advantage and the needed skills to manage her new position as the Electoral Commission (EC) chair.

“The new chair is not new to elections even though she has not been involved in elections from that vantage, we must also remember that the new commissioners are presiding over an institution which has professionals, some have been running elections and providing technical assistance to other countries for years.

He further added that, “Fortunately for her, the deputy commissioner in charge of operations is a veteran of the commission and an experienced technical hand, I believe if they are committed to doing a good job, learning and also conducting themselves with integrity, they will even be able to run an election even if it is going to be held next month,” Prof Gyimah-Boadi assured.

Mrs. Jean Mensa was nominated together with three others including Samuel Tettey and Dr Eric Asare Bossman as deputies and Adwoa Abrefa as Member of Commission by the President on July 19, to fill the gap left behind by the removal of EC Chair, Charlotte Osei and her two deputies, Amadu Sulley and Georgina Opoku Amankwah on the recommendation of a committee set up by Chief Justice Sophia Akuffo to investigate alleged acts of corruption and misconduct leveled against them.

Touching on the appointment of ministers and presidential staffers, Prof Gyimah-Boadi noted that although the appointment of 110 ministers by the President was “scandalous”, he would defer his judgment of whether they had been beneficial to the nation, after the government’s four-year tenure ends.-classfmonline.com/ghanaweb.com

 

 

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