The Deputy General Secretary of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), Mr Koku Anyidoho has stated that the nomination of Jean Adukwei Mensa for consideration for appointment as Chairperson of the Electoral Commission clearly exhibits her stance with the ruling New Patriotic Party.
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.
Koku said in an interview on SilverFM’s GhanaMONTIE that the circumstances surrounding the nomination of the IEA boss as new EC Chair is disputable; insisting her appointment has exposed her political colours.
“Looking at the circumstance surrounding the removal of Charlotte Osei as EC Chair, one could clearly see that Jean Mensah is appointed to do the bidding of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), exposing her affiliation to the NPP”
“I feel very sorry for her as a friend under this circumstance…It has got nothing to do with her competence or incompetence. Her appointment has vindicated us [NDC], when we truncated links to IEA where she presided over, since we saw most of her comments as NPP biased and I cannot be held from now onwards to look at her as NPP apparatchik”
“So henceforth especially on political matters I have to deal with her as a political opponent” Koku Anyodohu remarked.
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.
Mr Anyidohu also directed scathing remarks on Dr Eric Asare Bossman, a political science lecturer at the University of Ghana claiming he is sympathetic to the NPP.
President Akufo-Addo on June 28, 2018, removed the Chairperson of the Electoral Commission, Charlotte Osei and her two deputies – AmaduSulley and Georgina OpokuAmankwa 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.