Opposition parties seek broader consultation in appointing new EC chairman

Dr. Afari GyanOpposition political parties in the country, have called for broader consultations in the appointment of a new Chairman of the Electoral Commission (EC).

Their call comes two months to the retirement of Dr Kwadwo Afari Gyan, EC Chairman, who has served in that capacity for over two decades.

Former national chairman of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) Peter Mac Manu, asked the President to be rigorous in the appointment of a new EC Chairman.

Mr Manu urged the President to “do a lot of consultation, so that we can get somebody who is acceptable to all, to build a credible image for the Electoral Commission”.

The Convention People’s Party (CPP) Communications Director, Nii Armah Akonfrah, told Joy News the public interest must be paramount in the President’s choice of Dr Afari Gyan’s replacement.

The CPP Communications Director said: “We are still a relatively young democracy. We have gone to the brink a number of times; in the last elections we went to court so I think anything to do with elections needs to be transparent, needs to have buy-in from all sides. We don’t want a situation where the next election…we won’t accept the results. And I think it begins with having a credible and trusted Electoral Commissioner”.

Richmond Keelson, Progressive People’s Party (PPP) Communications Director, suggested that although the President was not entitled to consult the opposition parties in his choice of a Chairman of the EC, he should do so in order that his choice would be “a consensus Chairman.”

Article 70, clause 2 of the 1992 Constitution, gives the President the prerogative to appoint the EC Chairman and deputies as well as other members of the commission on the advice of the Council of State.

Meanwhile, four names have been making rounds in media reports as potential successors to Dr Afari Gyan.

They are Mr Justice Senyo Dzamefe, a Court of Appeal Judge, and Chairman of the Presidential Commission of Inquiry that probed the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, Executive Director of the Institute of Democratic Governance, Dr Emmanuel Akwetey, Deputy Chairman in charge of Operations at the EC, Mr Amadu Sulley, and the Executive Director of the Centre for Democratic Development, Professor Emmanuel Gyimah-Boadi.

- myjoyonline

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