EC Chair, deputy postures at IPAC meetings quizzed

The Founder and Leader of the All People’s Party (APC) and a lecturer at the Wa Campus of the University of Development Studies (UDS) have decried public utterances and conduct of the Chairperson of the Electoral Commission and her deputy which can destabilise the peace, security and stability of the country.

They questioned the managerial style of the Jean Mensa and Dr Bossman Asare, Chairperson and Deputy Chairman of the Electoral Commission (EC) respectively, describing them as ‘dictators’ for allegedly refusing to accommodate views of opposing political parties at Inter-Party Advisory Committee (IPAC) meetings.

 Hassan Ayariga and Dr Seidu Jasaw, the founder and leader of APC and lecturer of UDS respectively insisted that the posture of the commissioners could ruin the democratic dispensation of the nation.

They expressed worry about the posture of the commissioners saying they find it even more irritating when at one of the IPAC meetings, they brought in some policemen for protection while the meeting was in progress wondering if same had ever been done by the president.

They noted that such disastrous comments from someone supposed to be referee, remained distasteful and must purge themselves of such controversies, considering bizarre circumstances under which they were appointed.

They made the observation at separate interactions on recent happenings at IPAC meetings where some reforms introduced by EC are being considered by political parties.

According to Mr Ayariga, “if you are in an IPAC meeting not listening to those who constitute it, you will attend and anybody to talk to, meetings are held because of political parties, if you don’t listen to them but want to cultivate forum you can’t discuss and debated, it is challenge because politics is about jaw-jaw.

 “We need to discuss reforms thoroughly, we need to agree to disagree, the beauty of democracy and rule of law but when you force laws on us, it is neither democracy nor rule of law, you have to make decisions through collaboration with the parties,” Mr Ayariga bemoaned.

Dr Jasaw pointed out that he was outraged when Dr Asare described the National Democratic Congress as a threat to the country’s democracy and rule of law and actions of party are gradually becoming cause to worry for peace, unity and stability of the country.–

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