EC Debunks Claims Of Minority Leader
Chairperson of the Electoral Commission of Ghana, Jean Mensa
The Electoral Commission (EC) has debunked assertions leveled by the Minority Leader, Haruna Iddrisu that government prioritized the commission over some health workers by giving them some Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs).
At a press conference held on May 7, 2020, the Minority Leader who doubles as the Member of Parliament for Tamale South expressed displeasure on behalf of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) by stating that government provided the EC with PPEs while health workers needed some.
The EC seeking to clarify the accusations, published a press release on May 11, 2020. The release stressed that the commission has not received any PPEs from government and indicated that such comments are worrying.
“The Commission has not stated anywhere that it has received Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) from government as stated by the Minority Leader during the press conference. For the avoidance of doubt, the Commission has not received any protective equipment from the government. The Commission finds it troubling that, the leader of the Minority party in Parliament will put out information of this nature without substantiating its authenticity,” it said.
The release stated the Commission takes decisions in accordance with the constitution hence such comments are aimed at tarnishing the images of its members.
It reads, “the Commission takes collective decisions on all electoral processes in conformity with the country’s Republican Constitution. It is therefore equally worrying that a statement will be made to suggest otherwise with the ultimate goal of tarnishing the image of key officials of the Commission.”
The EC reiterated that Article 46 of the 1992 constitution leverages it to act independently of control by any person or authority hence “all stakeholders are hereby reminded that plans are far advanced for the compilation of the new Voters Register with a new Voter Management System for the upcoming 2020 Presidential and Parliamentary elections.”
It further assured Ghanaians that it will abide with the necessary precautions and protocols during the process.
The Commission also urged the public to disregard false information which is circulating on social media and called on all well-meaning citizens to cooperate to see the process through successfully.
“The general public is being cautioned to disregard any fictitious election timetable and other letters circulation on social media purporting to be emanated from the Commission. The Commission wishes to call on well-meaning Ghanaians to cooperate with it for the success of the 2020 Presidential and Parliamentary elections,” it said.
Read the press release below: