Political parties demand terms of reference for EC’s controversial steering committee


The Electoral Commission has served notice the 18-member steering committee it constituted, amidst controversy, is here to stay despite vehement protests from political parties.

More than a month after the committee was inaugurated the Committee, it is yet to provide the terms of reference of the committee to stakeholders, especially the political parties.

The announcement of the committee was as controversial as the members who constituted the committee.

Some of the members of the steering committee were alleged to be members of the governing party, a situation which angered other parties.

They wondered why the EC will constitute a steering committee, whose membership is suspect, to run elections when there are existing structures that run elections in Ghana.

At an Inter-party Advisory Committee meeting held last month representatives of political parties were not only a shocked about the constitution of the committee but demanded that the committee be disbanded.

Even though members of the IPAC who attended the meeting came to announce the dissolution of the committee, the EC issued a statement denying that the committee had been disbanded.

The issue of the mysterious committee was subject matter Friday, March 18, 2016 when the IPAC converged for yet another meeting.

The NPP’s John Boadu, NDC’s Johnson Asiedu Nketia, the CPP’s Murtala Mohammed and the PNC’s Atiq Mohammed were present for the meeting Joy News’ Joseph Opoku Gakpo said.

The political parties demanded the terms of reference and name change for the 18-member committee which they describe as mysterious.

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