EC’s image is dented, sinking – former EC Director

A former Chief Director of the Electoral Commission of Ghana, Kwame Damoah-Agyemang has described the status of the elections agency as dented.

He noted that the Electoral Commission’s image is gradually sinking because the citizenry has lost respect and confidence in the institution due to recent happenings.

Damoah-Agyemang who is currently the Executive Director at the Centre for African Democratic Affairs (CADA), was speaking Wednesday on Adom FM’s “Burning Issues” programme with Afia Pokua which was also broadcast live on Asempa FM.

“I cannot score the EC more than more than 40% because since 2012 the Commission has not learnt it lessons and they are not improving”, Damoah-Agyemang said.

He emphasized that since the 2012 election petition by the presidential candidate of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo; his running mate, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, and the former National Chairman of the NPP, Jake Otanka Obetsebi-Lamptey, the EC has not sat up and improve upon its operations.

Damoah-Agyemang said the Supreme Court’s recent ruling that the District Assembly Elections is unconstitutional, compelling the EC to suspend the process, indicates that the Commission must rethink how it prepares for and runs elections.

Commenting on the recent voter registration exercise that was also suspended by the Electoral Commission after four political parties kicked against it is another indication that there is something wrong with the commission’s work.

The exercise was to afford Ghanaians who turned 18 years after the last registration and those who are above 18 years but could not register, however, it was botched because the Inter Party Advisory Committee (IPAC) said the EC failed to do further consultation.

Damoah-Agyemang called on the EC to adhere to the recommendation by the Supreme Court for key electoral reforms.

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