PNC Opposes Approval Of EC Boss By Parliament

Bernard MornahThe General Secretary of the Peoples’ National Convention (PNC), Bernard Mornah says the proposal for Parliament to approve the President’s nominee for the chairmanship of the Electoral Commission (EC) will be a waste of resources.

He explained that the partisan nature of Parliament would not allow it to do a thorough job.

“Our Parliament is more than a rubber stamp because, over the years, since 1992, whatever the executive arm of government proposes gets endorsed by Parliament. It is a party trend in Parliament and not a national trend,” he said.

The former Second Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Professor Mike Oquaye has suggested that the appointment of an EC chairman by the President has been a dangerous practice which should be scrapped.

He suggested majority members of the House approve the EC chairman to uphold the independence of the Commission.

Speaking in an interview recently, Mr. Mornah said the EC has proven to be competent and independent in its operations, therefore, there was no need to vary the process of appointments.

He maintained that the proposal, if endorsed, would be “a waste of resources, a waste of our energy”.

In a rebuttal, the General Secretary of the Progressive People’s Party (PPP), Kofi Asamoah-Siaw, endorsed the idea and urged Ghanaians to support it.

Quoting a recommendation given by the Constitutional Review Commission, he stated that in a bid to ensure the chairman of the EC remained independent and accepted across the political divide, there should be a two-thirds approval from Parliament.

This, he noted, would make the appointed person not to be seen “in a partisan light depending on which President is appointing him.”

The current EC chairman, Dr. Afari Gyan is due for retirement after serving in that position since the commission was set up in 1992.

Prior to his retirement, there have been a number of suggestions on how the next EC chair should be appointed and the tenure of the appointment.

  Source: Citifmonline.com

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