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Keep calm, we'll rid Jean Mensa's EC of biases - NDC to Supporters

Tue, 2 Mar 2021 Source: peacefmonline.com

The National Democratic Congress (NDC) has vowed to ensure the Jean Mensah-led Electoral Commission divests itself from the "partisan biases and prejudices" it has been clothed with, so transparency is brought to bear in future elections.

The oppsition party, whiles urging its supporters to "remain calm and resolute", has also charged the Supreme Court to "uphold and promote probity, accountability and transparency, and give effect to the will of the people expressed on 7th December 2020," as the apex gives a final determination of the Presidential Election Petition on Thursday, March 4th.

"....as Ghanaians await the verdict of the Supreme Court on the election petition, NEC urges all NDC members and supporters to remain calm and resolute. It is the prayer of NEC that the Supreme Court will uphold and promote probity, accountability and transparency, and give effect to the will of the people expressed on 7th December 2020 in its judgment on the matter. The party will on its part, stop at nothing to rid the Jean Mensah-led Electoral Commission of its partisan biases and prejudices, and ensure transparency and fairness in national elections.The meeting discussed a wide range of pressing issues of national interest," the NDC said in a statement signed by its General Secretary, Johnson Asiedu Nketia following an Emergency National Executive Committee (NDC) meeting held on Monday.

The statement indicated that the NEC "meeting discussed a wide range of pressing issues of national interest", including the ongoing vetting of Ministerial nominees, a recent letter to the media written on behalf of the Judicial Service through its lawyers, Sory@Law that sought to censor their duty to hold public institutions, including the courts, accountable for their actions.

Read Below A Copy Of The Statement

A communique issued at the end of an Emergency National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) held on Monday, March 1, 2021.

The National Executive Committee (NEC) of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) held an emergency meeting in Accra today Monday, 1st March 2021. The meeting discussed a wide range of pressing issues of national interest.

1. The meeting discussed among other things, the ongoing vetting of Ministerial nominees and urged the NDC Parliamentary caucus to be firm and resolute in their duties on the Appointment Committee. It urged them to reject insincere apologies rendered by some of the nominees at the Vetting Committee sittings and hold them responsible for their actions and/or statements that violate the obligations imposed on Public Office Holders by the 1992 Constitution.

2. Also, the NEC meeting noted with concern, the clandestine activities of some security agencies which have embarked on the arbitrary and malicious arrest and detention of citizens for exercising their right to free speech on social media. It urged Ghanaians to rise up against the creeping culture of silence and dictatorship being imposed on the nation.

3. *NEC noted with alarm, the letter written on behalf of the Judicial Service of Ghana through its lawyers, Sory@Law to some media houses which sought to censor their duty to hold public institutions, including the courts, accountable for their actions. We note that the letter from the Judicial Service seeks to limit the right to free speech and press freedom to mere praise-singing of the Judiciary, even in the face of several unjust rulings from the apex Court. NEC holds the view that the Judicial Service has no right or authority to threaten anyone, much less the Media, for performing their constitutionally mandated duties. There are clear procedures laid out in our laws for dealing with specific infractions of media ethics and laws. We find the letter from the Judicial Service an affront to free speech and press freedom which threatens the pillars of democracy that the people of Ghana have nurtured over the years. We condemn it in no uncertain terms and call on the Judicial Service to withdraw same without delay, as a sign of respect for the democratic culture of free speech and press freedom.*

4. It is the expectation of NEC, that good sense and love for the country will prevail and that, the Akufo-Addo government and other institutions of state will henceforth, abort any plans to terrorize the citizens of Ghana in order to suppress dissent and quell demands for probity and accountability as enshrined in the 1992 constitution.

Finally, as Ghanaians await the verdict of the Supreme Court on the election petition, NEC urges all NDC members and supporters to remain calm and resolute. It is the prayer of NEC that the Supreme Court will uphold and promote probity, accountability, and transparency, and give effect to the will of the people expressed on 7th December 2020 in its judgment on the matter. The party will on its part, stop at nothing to rid the Jean Mensah-led Electoral Commission of its partisan biases and prejudices, and ensure transparency and fairness in national elections.

ISSUED IN ACCRA THIS 1ST DAY OF MARCH, 2021

Signed,

Hon. JOHNSON ASIEDU-NKETIAH

GENERAL SECRETARY.

Source: peacefmonline.com