The General Secretary of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Mr John Boadu, has stated emphatically that the nomination of Jean Adukwei Mensa for consideration for appointment as Chairperson of the Electoral Commission is a true reflection of President Akufo Addo’s neutrality in his choice for the Ghanaian people.
According to him, the EC's position is a sensitive one, and hence the need for a dispassionate appointment ‘to ensure that an impartial body like the Electoral Commission is chaired by a competent individual’.
“The constitution of our country permits the move by the President although some stakeholders have argued for consultations before making an appointment of the EC Chair”.
“Nominating a competent individual to take charge of such an impartial body is the choice of the people which I think should be the major criteria for the appointment’
“So, I don’t see anything different from what we are doing until I have with me evidence that makes either Jean Mensa or any other person appointed incompetent or lack neutrality or integrity, then we can proceed on that….So I think she is the right choice for the position. ”
Mr John Boadu was speaking on SilverFM’s afternoon political show GhanaMONTIE with Nana Kwabena Ampratwum.
President Nana Akufo-Addo named Mrs Jean Mensa, Executive Director of the Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA) as the new Chair of the Electoral Commission (EC) of Ghana.
A statement signed on Monday by the Chief of Staff Akosua Frema Osei Opare named Mr Samuel Tettey and Dr Eric Asare Bossman as Deputy Chairpersons. Ms Adwoa Asuama has also been named as a member of the Commission. She replaces Mrs Pauline Dadzawa who has proceeded on retirement.
President Akufo-Addo on June 28, 2018, removed the Chairperson of the Electoral Commission, Charlotte Osei and her two deputies – Amadu Sulley and Georgina Opoku Amankwa from office upon the recommendation of a committee set up by the Chief Justice, to investigate separate complaints brought by some Ghanaian citizens.
Charlotte Osei was accused of various procurement breaches, whilst the deputies were also found guilty of same offenses as well as financial malfeasance.
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