EC appointments threatens democracy – John Mahama

Former President John Dramani Mahama has described the nomination of four new officials to the Electoral Commission as a “regrettable” decision by President Nana Akufo-Addo.

According to Mr. Mahama, the controversy surrounding the removal of Mrs. Charlotte Osei and her her deputies and the subsequent appointment of Mrs. Jean Mensa and three other deputy commissioners is a potential threat to Ghana’s democratic credentials.

In a tweet, the former President said the turn of events is regrettable.This was after a committee set up by the Chief Justice, Justice Sophia Akuffo, pursuant to Article 146(4) of the Constitution, investigated separate complaints of procurement breaches and financial malfeasance brought against the three persons by some Ghanaian citizens including staff of the Electoral Commission.

The Committee recommended their removal on the basis of stated misbehavior and incompetence, pursuant to Article 146 (1) of the Constitution.

Replacements named 

On Monday, July 23, 2018, the Presidency announced the nomination of the Executive Director of the Institute of Economic Affairs, (IEA) Jean Adukwei Mensa as the new Chairperson of the Electoral Commission.

Other persons nominated for appointment by President Akufo-Addo to the Commission included Samuel Tettey for the Deputy Chairperson, Dr. Eric Asare Bossman also as a Deputy Chairperson and Adwoa Asuama Abrefa as a Member of Commission.Meanwhile, the Progressive People Party (PPP), have also accused President Nana Akufo-Addo of failing to consult political party representatives prior to the appointment of the EC officials.

In a statement signed by the National Secretary, Murtala Mohammed,  it said the appointment of the new EC officials would have “passed the litmus test of transparency, good governance and best practices” if they were consulted.