Oduro Osae: Presidents should be stripped of EC appointments

Dr Osae

Dr Osae

The Dean of Studies and Research at the Institute of Local Government Studies (ILGS), Dr Eric Oduro Osae, has advocated a reform in the appointment of Electoral Commissioners.

He explained that presidents should be stripped of the privilege to use their discretion in the appointments to the elections management body.

Dr Osae’s comment follows the controversy generated after the nominations made by President Nana Akufo-Addo to the Electoral Commission (EC) on Monday.

The office of the President on Monday, July 23, 2018, announced the nomination of four officials for the EC.

A press statement signed and issued by the Chief of Staff, Frema Osei-Opare, mentioned the Executive Director of the Institute of Economic Affairs, Jean Adukwei Mensa as Chairperson, Samuel Tettey as Deputy Chairperson, Dr. Eric Asare Bossman as Deputy Chairperson and Adwoa Asuama Abrefa as a member of the Commission.

The nominations became necessary after the suspension of former EC boss, Charlotte Osei and two of her deputies, Amadu Sulley and Georgina Opoku-Amankwah as well as the retirement of Pauline Dadzawa, a member of the Commission.

The opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) has said it is shocked by the appointments.

General Secretary of the party said in a press release that the appointment goes contrary to the fairness and neutrality that Ghanaians were assured of by President Akufo-Addo prior to the nominations.

It also said the NDC would reveal the covert activities of Mrs. Mensa for the New Patriotic Party (NPP), with further and better particulars in due time, which made her unfit to occupy the position of the EC Chair.
However, Dr. Osae pointed out that there was the need to restructure EC appointments, recounting similar controversy generated by the nomination of former EC Boss, Mrs. Osei by former President John Mahama.

He indicated that although he personally had nothing wrong with the four nominations, he suggested “the appointment power should be advertised for people to apply and approved by the public”.

Dr. Osae insisted the President did not err with the nominations notwithstanding the legal tussle that ensued over the removal of the former EC boss, Mrs. Osei. –myjoyonline.com

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