Brigitte Dzogbenuku Speaks Against Appointment Of Electoral Commission Heads By Presidents
The Flagbearer of the progressive people's party (PPP), Brigitte Dzogbenuku has proposed a new system that takes away the power to nominate an Electoral commission chair from an incumbent president.
She believes the system if accepted will take away the mistrust that opposition parties always exhibit towards the commission and build confidence in the election body.
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The PPP flagbearer made the remarks when she paid a courtesy call on the Asantehene, Otumfuor Osei Tutu II at the Manhyia palace as part of her campaign tour of the Ashanti Region
"Non-transparency of the EC is a fundamental thing we need to deal with especially with rumors that it is in bed with a political party. This should teach us that the constitution needs to be reviewed so that no EC official is appointed by any government in power. It should be a process that will be trusted by every Gnana".
"Four years ago, it was an appointee of the NDC, and there were issues with trust. Now it is one of the NPP, and there are issues with trust. Maybe we should go with a parliamentary process where people are selected and vetted". She added.
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She further admonished Ghanaians to trust the EC to conduct a credible electoral process "for the peace of this country ".
"Let's trust the process, go ahead with it, and believe that the best will come out of it. If it does not happen, we will learn from it".
The PPP flagbearer is in the Ashanti Region on a campaign tour as part of the party's preparations for the election.
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On his part, the Otumfuo commended Madam Dzogbenuku for her boldness in seeking the flagbearership of her party and also spoke about the positive role women can play in Ghana's politics and governance.
The main opposition NDC has called the credibility of the Jean Mensah led Electoral Commission into question, questioning the commission's competence to conduct a credible election.
Story by Rodney Tsenuokpor