Arrogant EC has dampened voters interest – STUNNAD alleges

The Students Network for Nana Addo (STUNNAD) is accusing the Electoral Commission of dampening the spirit of voters in the latest landmark verdict by the Supreme Court nullifying the district level elections.

According to the group, the elections fixed on March 3, 2015 across the country would have taken place had the EC not shown “blatant disrespect for rules and regulations governing elections”.

Parliament has summoned Chairman of the Electoral Commission Dr. Kwadwo Afari Gyan to answer questions on the future of the nullified district level elections on Thursday.

Meanwhile, the Electoral Commission says it will prepare a new legislation to be passed by Parliament before fresh nominations are taken for the district level elections.

But STUNNAD in a statement said the numerous court cases the EC has been involved in could have been avoided if the election referee had been a “little diligent”.

Below is the full statement
The Electoral Commission of Ghana under the leadership of Dr. Kwadwo Afari Gyan is increasingly losing its credibility. The arrogance and the blatant disrespect for rules and regulations governing elections has seen him and the commission been dragged to court a number of times in recent days.

This attitude of the Electoral Commission has caused all candidates in the just cancelled Assembly Elections millions of Ghana Cedis, wasted the time and attention of all Ghanaians, and has further dampened the interest of the ordinary person in Assembly Elections, all of which could have been avoided if the Electoral Commission had been a little diligent.

The posture of the Electoral Commission if not changed, will spell doom for this country in 2016. The near refusal of the Electoral Commission to implement the recommendations of the Supreme Court after the determination of the Presidential election on 28th August, 2013 is disrespectful, unreasonable, pathetic and not a good sign at protecting the sanctity of our democracy and elections.

At this very critical moment the only way the Electoral Commission can salvage its sinking image, is to rewrite the voter register to get rid of the about two (2) million ghost voters, implement all the recommendations of the Supreme Court and organize regular Inter-Party Advisory Committee meetings to build consensus among the stakeholders.  

It is the responsibility of all of us to ensure that Ghana is peaceful after the 2016 elections. We therefore urge the Government, Opposition Parties, Civil Society Organizations, Clergy, Teachers, Farmers, Traders and all good meaning Ghanaians to call on the Electoral Commission to do what is right and reasonable.

Let’s not leave the fate of our beloved country to just one. We can save Ghana now.

Nana Kwame Owusu (Ashanti Regional Coordinator) 0243043915/ 0543083303

Daniel Geraldo (Operations officer) 0243072381/0266158186

Mubashir Iddrisu   (Communications Officer) 0266037757

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