Monday, 17 June

Ignore suggestions we’re working in the interest of the NPP; it’s not true – EC

EC boss and her colleagues

The Electoral Commission (EC) has debunked assertions it is acting in the interest of the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP).

Following its decision to restrict political party agents from observing the voter transfer exercise due to violent clashes at some centers, the EC has been accused by John Dramani Mahama, the NDC's flagbearer, and the party itself of attempting to collude with the NPP to rig the December 7 general elections.

After several meetings and deliberations, the EC reversed its directive to bar political party agents from observing the vote transfer exercise.

In a statement, the EC emphasised that the directive to withdraw agents from the transfer exercise was as a result of threats to the nations peace stemming from the actions of political party agents at their district offices.

The commission noted that its decision was not to shield its work from scrutiny neither was it to promote the interest of a particular political party. 

The election management body assured the general public that it is committed to the principles of transparency and fairness. It reiterated that transparency and accountability remains the hallmark of its activities, hence their decision to allow the political parties to observe the transfer of votes exercise.

The EC called on the public to ignore statements seeking to suggest that the commission is working for a particular political party interest. The statement was emphatic that “this is not true”.

The EC declared that their decisions are made without partisan considerations adding that their decisions are cross cutting and applies to all political parties and stakeholders. 


Source: Mensah