Petition Council of State on bias of new EC Boss -CDD tells NDC

Dr Kojo Asante

Dr Kojo Asante

Head of Advocacy and Policy Engagements at the Centre for Democratic Development (CDD), Dr Kojo Asante has suggested to the National Democratic Congress (NDC) to petition the Council of State if they can prove their claim that nominee for the post of Electoral Commission (EC) Chair, is politically tainted.


“We should not take the opportunity that the Council of State offers us lightly because constitutionally that is the only body now that can put any restraint or checks on a discretion of the President,” he noted.


President Nana Akufo-Addo on Monday, nominated four persons to be approved by the Council of State to fill vacancies at the Electoral Commission.


The list has Head of the Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA) Jean Mensa who has been nominated as Chairperson of the EC, Samuel Tettey and Dr Eric Asare Bossman as Deputy Chairpersons.


They will replace Mrs Charlotte Osei and her two deputies, Amadu Sulley and Mrs Georgina Opoku Amankwah respectively, who were removed by the President for stated misbehaviour.


Ms Adwoa Asuama Abrefa has also been named as a member of the Commission to replace Pauline Dadzawa who has proceeded on retirement.


The NDC has strongly kicked against Mrs Mensa’s nomination claiming to have “further and better particulars” to prove that she is unfit for the job and would in due course present them to the public.


“We are shocked because, until this appointment, the president had given assurance to the nation that the persons to be appointed into the Commission would be persons whose integrity and political neutrality would be above board,” the NDC indicated in a statement.


However, Dr Asante suggested “the NDC should take advantage of the Council of State process and demonstrate with evidence to the effect that Jean Mensa is inclined to the New Patriotic Party (NPP).


“I expect the NDC to make those particulars available to the Council of State who are currently in the process of considering the President’s nominations.


“The capacity and experience of the new EC Chair nominee is unquestionable, Jean Mensa is a known quantity as for her capacity and experience I don’t see any question,” Dr Asante added. –

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