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Mrs Jean Adukwei Mensa, new appointed EC chairperson

Ghana’s democracy ‘highly at risk — DYMOG


THE DYNAMIC Youth Movement of Ghana (DYMOG) has predicted doom for the country’s democracy, peace and stability following the nomination of Mrs Jean Adukwei Mensa as the new chairperson of the Electoral Commission (EC).

According to them, Ghana’s democracy would be “highly at risk” if the brouhaha surrounding the dismissal of Mrs Charlotte Osei, former EC chairperson and the nomination of Mrs Mensa is not properly managed.

Mrs Mensa, who is the Executive Director of the Institute for Economic Affairs (IEA), was nominated by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo on July 19.

The IEA boss is to replace Mrs Osei, who was removed alongside  her two deputies – Amadu Sulley and Georgina Opoku Amankwah – by the President following recommendations by a committee set up by the Chief Justice to probe a petition against them.

Mrs Mensah was nominated with three others – Samuel Tettey, Ms Adwoa Asuama Abrefa and Dr Eric Asare Bossman to fill the gap left behind by the sacked two deputy chairpersons of the EC and a Commissioner who had retired.

President should have waited

Commenting on the nomination, DYMOG said in a statement copied to the DAILY HERITAGE yesterday that it would have been expedient if the President had waited for the conclusive determination of the suits before putting out names for consideration.

DYMOG said the verdict of the Supreme Court would have addressed sentiments about the removal of the former EC boss and consequentially enabled a healthy focus on the appointment of the new EC officials.

“It is therefore our judgement that the hurried move by the President heightens suspicions that [the] government and the New Patriotic Party (NPP) premeditatedly orchestrated the removal of the former EC boss and her deputies to replace them with pro-NPP officials. This was really avoidable,” said the statement.

“Suspicions, whether real or perceived about the President appointing people who are NPP inclined, have the potency to develop a culture where political parties will sack EC officials through fair or foul means when they win power. If this becomes the norm, our democracy will be under threat.

“Elections are a crucial part of our democratic process and so should be handled legally and commonsensically. Strategic stakeholder management is essential in any electoral process and the effectiveness of same influences the success of any election,” added the statement.

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