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The National Democratic Congress (NDC) has cautioned that some actions of the Jean Mensah led Electoral Commission (EC) has the potential of plunging the country into disaster mode and if not checked early can reverse Ghana’s democratic gains.
“Ghana cannot afford the price of a partial and incompetent Electoral Commission, and the NDC will continue to do everything possible to safeguard the independence and transparency of our state institutions,” a Deputy General Secretary of party Peter Boamah Otokunor, sounded the alarm bells at a press conference in Accra on Thursday where they expressed concerns over the recently held referenda to demarcate six new regions out of the existing 10 regions of the country.
According to him, “We wish, on account of the incompetence displayed by the EC, evidence of electoral infractions perpetuated in the referenda, the direct involvement of electoral officials in the massive electoral fraud, to indicate that we will follow closely the performance of the new leadership of the commission in subsequent elections including the District Assembly Elections.
“A repeat of this shambolic display will leave us no choice than to demand for the resignation of Jean Mensah and her team”.
The NDC says as a matter of urgency, there should be an immediate independent inquiry into the fraudulent conduct of the referenda to restore confidence in Ghana’s electoral process.
“Jean Mensah and her Deputies have failed this first test in the processes leading to, as well as, the conduct of the referenda. All Ghanaians must be concerned about this situation and demand the highest standards of performance from those put in charge of election management.
“To President Akufo-Addo, we wish to state, that his stay in office or otherwise, will only be determined by the true will of the people of Ghana and not through manipulation of any election. We stand prepared to defend our democracy and we ask all and sundry especially our progressive friends to join us in that endeavor,” Otokunor stated.