Afari-Gyan has no credibility; he must go – NPP

The opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) has backed calls for the Chairman of the Electoral Commission (EC), Dr. Kwadwo Afari-Gyan to resign his position.

The NPP says the EC boss has “lost credibility” and not worthy to preside over the 2016 general elections after his testimony in court during the hearing of the dismissed President Election Petition.

The Alliance for Accountable Governance (AFAG) in a statement issued in Accra Tuesday called for the immediate resignation of Dr. Afari-Gyan.

The group claims his [Afari-Gyan's] continuous stay in office after his admission that there were flaws in the 2012 election in court will be inimical to Ghana’s electoral process.

The call comes after the EC has requested political parties to submit proposal for reforms in the country’s electoral system.

However speaking on Citinews, General Secretary of the party, Kwadwo Owusu Afriyie said the call for Afari-Gyan’s resignation is long overdue.

“We [NPP] are firmly convinced that he [Afari-Gyan's] position is untenable; he has lost credibility and public confidence so he must go” he stressed.

The NPP General Secretary found it intriguing that the EC boss is still at post after what he described as the “humiliation” he[Afari-Gyan] suffered in court during cross-examination.

Sir John as he is popularly called indicated that the calls for electoral reforms will be meaningless if Afari-Gyan is still at post.

“For anyone to man this very important institution, the person must have credibility and generate public confidence which Afari-Gyan lacks that is why the call for him to resign is legitimate”.

He maintained that someone who has been ‘indicted’ for presiding over illegality in the 2012 elections cannot be trusted to do a descent job in 2016.

“There is ample evidence that Afari-Gyan’s credibility has been shattered. He needs to be reformed to save us from this embarrassment”.

Sir John said in Afari-Gyan’s own interest and to guarantee the sanctity and credibility of the 2016 elections, Afari-Gyan must resign.

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