- US Ambassador Robert Jackson has supported the nomination of Jean Mensa as EC Chair
- Robert Jackson who revealed that he has high respect for Jean Mensa described the nomination as a good one
- The US Ambassador thus urged all stakeholders who have issues with the nominee to bring them up at vetting
The US Ambassador to Ghana, Robert Jackson, has backed President Nana Akufo-Addo over his choice of Jean Mensa as the next Electoral Commissioner.
According to Ambassador Jackson, the choice of Mrs. Mensa is a good one as she is someone he respects a lot.
President Akufo-Addo on Monday announced that he had sent the name of Jean Mensa and three others to the Council of State for consideration as the new Electoral Commissioners of Ghana.
The announcement has led to criticisms from opposition parties, especially, the NDC, that Akufo-Addo was appointing pro-NPP sympathisers to the EC.
They also questioned the timing of the appointment as this has come in the wake of several petitions filed in Court over the removal of former EC Chair Charlotte Osei and her deputies.
Speaking at a round-table conference with selected media personnel on the nomination an the criticism that has arisen, Mr Jackson admonished the NDC and other political parties who may have issues with the nomination of Jean Mensa to bring them up during vetting.
"I was here during the 2016 election process, very involved, we did indeed work with our diplomatic colleagues and also with the Electoral Commission and the National Peace Council and Civil Society. We invested in the capacity of all three of those entities and of course Ghana had a very successful and peaceful election. I know Jean Mensah, I respect her.
"From what I know I think she is a good choice to head the Electoral Commission. If the opposition, whether it is the NDC or other parties have concerns about her fitness for the job then they should bring those concerns up during the vetting process and let everyone have their say, people can make a decision and the public can make its own views known,” Ghanaweb reported him as saying.
Explaining further, the US Ambassador cited the impending referendum for the creation of new regions and elections of MMDCEs saying that there was the need for a Commissioner to be appointed to start work.
He stressed the relevance of the nomination but emphasised the need for all parties and stakeholders to have their issues resolved with regards the president’s decision.
“It is important the EC gets back to work. For more than a year now the Commission has been paralysed by the impeachment process. It plays a very important role in the country. It is important that Ghana moves ahead with the creation of new regions if the voters wish to do that and with elected local and municipal officials as well as preparing for the 2020 parliamentary and presidential elections.
"Let’s ensure that everyone is satisfied with the people that the president has proposed. Let us get the commission back to work and move on so that the Commission is in the best possible position to be a neutral arbiter for the next elections,” he urged.
The EC Chairmanship became vacant earlier this year after a judicial committee set up to investigate Charlotte Osei and her two deputies found them guilty of procurement breaches and recommended their removal in accordance with Article 146 of the 1992 Constitution.
One of the nominees is to fill the position of Pauline Dadzawa who retired as a member of the Commission in April.
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