General News of Tue, 24 Jul 201845
‘Jean Mensah is pro-NPP, anti-NDC’ – Opposition kicks against EC Chair nominee
The opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) says it is disappointed in Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo’s nominee for Election Commission Chairperson, Mrs Jean Mensah.
In a press release issued on July 23, 2018, in Accra, General Secretary of the party, Johnson Asiedu Nketia, said the NDC received news of the nomination of the Executive Director of the Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA) with “shock and disbelief.”
“We are shocked because, until this appointment, the president had given assurance to the nation that the persons to be appointed into the Commission would be persons whose integrity and political neutrality would be above board.
“For President Akufo Addo to proceed contrary to his earlier assurances to appoint a known pro-NPP and an avowed anti NDC person like MRS JEAN MENSAH to chair a commission which would organize elections involving the NPP and NDC as the main contenders defies all senses of decency, fairness and justice and amounts to a gross abuse of the discretionary powers of appointment vested in him by the Constitution of the Republic of Ghana,” the release stated.
NDC parliamentarians had also taken turns on Monday to criticise the nomination of Mrs Mensah to replace Mrs Charlotte Osei, who was removed from office for stated misbehaviour.
The party says it has "further and better particulars" to prove that Mrs Mensah is unfit for the job and would in due course present them to the public.
A statement from the President's Chief of Staff, Akosua Frema Osei Opare, on Monday, July 23, nominated Mrs Mensah for the top job at the country's election management body. It also named Mr Samuel Tettey and Dr Eric Asare Bossman as Deputy Chairpersons.
Ms Adwoa Asuama has also been named as a member of the Commission. She replaces Mrs Pauline Dadzawa who has proceeded on retirement.