General News of Thu, 6 Dec 20186
Kweku Baako welcomes EC original logo
Editor-in-Chief of the New Crusading Guide newspaper, Abdul-Malik Kweku Baako has welcomed the decision of the Electoral Commission to revert its original logo for usage.
His comment comes a day after the Jean Mensa led Electoral Commission announced a reversal to the old logo which was changed in 2016 by the former EC boss Charlotte Osei.
A memo written by the chairperson Jean Mensa copied to the deputy chairpersons said: “From effective December 4, 2018, the original logo of the Electoral Commission which bears the coat of arms and has a ballot box showing the hand casting its vote has been restored.
“The core values of the Electoral Commission namely integrity, fairness and accountability have from today also been restored.”
Shortly before the 2016 elections, former EC boss Mrs Charlotte Osei in rebranding the Commission introduced a new logo.
Even though the logo change was criticized heavily by some civil society organizations and opposition political parties at the time, the former EC boss stood by the decision to change the logo saying;
“That is our new logo. We liked it, we picked it and it makes us happy.”
She was later impeached mid-2018 after allegations of misconduct and breach of procurement laws were made against her.
Jean Mensa was subsequently appointed by president Akufo-Addo.
Hardly a year in office, Mrs. Mensa has ordered a reversal to the old logo which was changed by her predecessor.
However Speaking on Peace FM’s ‘Kokrokoo’ programme on Wednesday, Kweku Baako backed the EC decision saying the original logo reflects the identity of the nation and therefore believes it is the suitable one to represent the Commission.
He told host Kwami Sefa Kayi that “I really will go for the reversal because in terms of the substance. In terms of what I said then that it should reflect something, our culture, our spirituality, our history; I thought the coat of arms had a better impact”.
According to him, the logo with the coat of arms reflects on National Identity and culture of the country.