- The National Democratic Congress (NDC) boycotted the EC’s two-day forum
- Peter Boamah Otokunor has enumerated some of the reasons the party boycotted the forum
- One of the reasons he listed is that the EC chairperson doesn’t smile at NDC officials
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The National Democratic Congress (NDC) boycotted the two-day forum organised by the Electoral Commission (EC) because the chairperson of the commission, Jean Mensa, doesn’t return smiles directed at her by officials of the NDC at IPAC meetings, Peter Boamah Otokunor has revealed.
“…When we smile at IPAC, the EC chair will be angry and they can talk to you anyhow, you can’t smile at IPAC,” he told Accra-based Joy FM.
The Deputy General Secretary of the NDC further accused the EC chairperson and her two deputies of unfairly treating the NDC in previous meetings, thus, the decision to boycott the two-day forum.
“We believe that they do not hold that independence as is expected of an electoral management body,” he added.
Meanwhile, Somalia rejected the choice of John Mahama, Ghana’s former president, as an envoy of the African Union.
The Somalis say they do not trust him to broker peace in the country due to his former close ties with Kenya.
According to a Peaceonline.com report, a letter reportedly written by Somalia’s Foreign and International Cooperation Minister, Mohammed Abdirazak, explained that the former president had a close relationship with Kenyan leaders.
He, however, did not specify who exactly Mahama had their close friendship with.
Mohammed added that the AU might not have scrutinised Mahama's background before appointing him.
The said letter is dated May 9 but was circulated among diplomats on Tuesday, May 11.
YEN.com.gh earlier reported what led to the appointment of Mahama.
According to a report by DW Africa, the former Ghanaian Head of State is being tasked to do well to resolve the extreme political crisis that exists in the nation of Somalia.
This comes on the back of Somalia experiencing heightened tension regarding its next election as the incumbent president, Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed, had the resolution to extend his term of office by another two years.
In the words of the AU, Mahama's role would be to ensure that there is: "a mutually acceptable compromise towards an all-encompassing resolution for the holding of Somali elections in the shortest possible time."