The main opposition National Democratic
Congress(NDC) says their Founder’s opinion about the Electoral Commission(EC)
Eminent Advisory Committee is misguided.
The General Secretary of the NDC said the leadership of the party would be meeting Mr Rawlings to explain their concerns with the committee.
“We’ll engage former president on it, and tell him our perspective and I believe he’ll appreciate our position, if he gets a clear understanding of the fundamental problems with the Committee established by the EC, ” he told host Kweku Owusu Adjei on Anopa Kasapa on Kasapa 102.5 FM.
Former President Jerry John Rawlings, has described the establishment of an Eminent Advisory Committee by the Electoral Commission as a wise decision that will help to remove the suspicions people have about the Commission.
Describing the committee members as people we must take pride in; the former President said the last commission suffered suspicions because it was appointed by the government in power and expressed the hope that the formation of the committee will help to remove doubts from people’s minds about the independence of the Commission.
Speaking during the launch of the committee at the Labadi Beach Hotel in Accra on Tuesday, Flt Lt Rawlings commended the Chairman of the Peace Council and member of the committee, Most Reverend Emmanuel Asante for helping to ease tensions when the Presidential election results delayed in 2016. The intervention, he indicated, helped to calm nerves.
Commission Chairperson, Mrs. Jean Mensa in outdooring the committee said the major rationale for its establishment was to demystify the Commission and prove its independence.
The committee, she stated will serve as a window between the Commission and the public, stating that while the committee will serve to inform the public on the workings of the Commission, the committee members will also serve to pass on concerns from various members of the public to the Commission.
Commenting on the formation of the Committee, the General Scribe of the NDC said it’s regrettable that the EC is drawing respectable religious leaders into its decision-making, adding “so if there is any misunderstanding who should we run to?
For him, the Election Management Body is just fighting to gain credibility and confidence ahead of the 2020 general elections, but said “openness and transparency will flow from your works”
The 22-man committee chaired by former CHRAJ boss, Justice Emile Short and assisted by Mrs. Gifty Affenyi Dadzie, a former President of the Ghana Journalists Association, include Arch Bishop Nicholas Duncan Williams, Arch Bishop Palmer Buckle, Dr. Eric Oduro Osae, Dr. Rose Mensah Kutin, Dr. Yaw Baah and Maulvi Mohammed Bin Sali as members.
Other members are Most Reverend Emmanuel Asante, Mr. Affail Monney, Nana Ato Dadzie, Mr. Sam Okudjeto, Mr. Tony Forson, Mrs. Freda Duplan, Nana Kobina Nketsia V and Rev. Dr. Cryril Fayose.
The rest are Rev. Dr. Opuni Frimpong, Rev. Ekua Ofori Boateng, Rev. Prof. Emmanuel Martey, Rev. Dr. Paul Frimpong Manso, Rev. Paul Kwabena Boafo and Sheikh Nuhu Sharabutu.