EC reaffirms commitment to conducting free and fair election

The Electoral Commission (EC) has reiterated its commitment to ensuring a free and fair election in the December 2020 polls.

Speaking at the launch of the 2020 ‘Agent of Peace Campaign’ by the Church of Pentecost, the EC Chairperson, Jean Mensa, dismissed assertions that the commission could manipulate the electoral results.

According to her, political parties and other relevant bodies are always engaged in all processes leading to the conduct of elections, hence leaving no room for manipulation.

“Though the impression is often created that the EC does not take decisions on its own, this is not the case. I believe it will be important to educate and inform the public about the involvement of the political parties in all our processes,” she explained.

“I also have a duty to God and to our country to be an agent of peace. As the head of the Electoral Commission, the signals I send out, be it to our staff, or the public is important as it would have an impact on the election and our nation,” Madam Mensah added.

The largest opposition party, NDC, has expressed its misgivings over the electoral processes.

The party has accused the EC of colluding with the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) to rig the December polls and called for more scrutiny from observers and the international community.

The most recent contention in the electoral process has been the omission of names from the voter register in NDC strongholds.

The EC has, however, denied the claims made against it by the opposition.

As far as it is concerned, its management of the electoral roll has been transparent

In a statement the commission released last week, it said the opposition’s “allegations are unfounded.”

The commission assured Ghanaians that it “will bequeath the nation with a register that reflects truth and integrity, a register that is credible and comprises eligible Ghanaians only.”

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