- The NDC has issued press statement over the appointment of the new EC boss by Akufo-Addo
- The leadership of the opposition party have declared Jean Mensa as unfit to serve as EC boss
The opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), has described as “shocking” the nomination of Mrs Jean Mensa as Chairperson of the Electoral Commission (EC) by President Akufo-Addo.
According to Graphic.com.gh report, the leadership of the NDC are extremely worried, and not happy over the appointment of the former Executive Director of Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA) as the new EC boss.
“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 General Secretary of the NDC, Johnson Asiedu Nketiah said in a press statement issued on Monday in a reaction to the nominations.
The Chief of Staff, Akosua Frema Osei-Opare on Monday announced that President Akufo-Addo had nominated Mrs Jean Mensa, Executive Director of the Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA), as the new Chair of the Electoral Commission (EC) of Ghana.
But reacting to the development, Mr Nketiah said: “For President Akufo-Addo to proceed contrary to his earlier assurances to appoint a known pro-NPP and avowed anti-NDC person like Mrs Jean Mensa to Chair a Commission which would organise elections involving the NPP and NDC as the main contenders, defies all senses of decency, fairness and justice and amount to a gross abuse of the discretionary powers of appointment vested in him by the Constitution of the Republic of Ghana”.
Also, nominated for consideration as deputies are a political science lecturer at the University of Ghana, Dr Eric Asare Bossman; Ms Adjoa Esuama Abrefa, a corporate legal practitioner with specialisation in land property acquisition, and Samuel Tettey, Director of Electoral services in charge of elections at the Electoral Commission.
The chairperson of the Electoral Commission, Mrs Charlotte Osei and two deputies, Amadu Sulley and Georgina Opoku Amankwaa were late June removed from office by President Akufo-Addo following recommendations by a committee set up by the Chief Justice, Justice Sophia Akuffo that investigated corruption and misconduct allegations against them.
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