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Charlotte Osei, Chair of the Electoral Commission Charlotte Osei, Chair of the Electoral Commission

Appointment of EC Commissioners should not be done by the Prez alone-Nduom Featured

Written by  Oct 10, 2017
Dr. Papa Kwesi Nduom, founder and 2016 presidential candidate for the Progressive People’s Party (PPP), is advocating for parliament and political parties in good standing to participate in the selection of an electoral commissioner and all other commissioners for Ghana’s Electoral Commission. The President of the Republic of Ghana in accordance with Article 70(2) of the 1992 Constitution appoints the chair of the EC and other commissioners. The constitutional provision states that: "The President shall, acting on the advice of the Council of State, appoint the Chairman, Deputy Chairmen, and other members of the Electoral Commission". However, Dr. Papa Kwesi Nduom is advocating for parliament and political parties to be part of the process. He is of the opinion that, the selection of the EC chair should not be left to the president alone. ‘’The members of the EC should not be chosen by the president alone. Parliament and parties in good standing should participate in the process,’’ he said. He has also called for the EC to be given a technical assistance to develop and implement rules and procedures, to ensure political parties comply with conditions of their certification. Dr. Nduom also suggested for the EC to be given technical assistance to develop rules and procedures, to ensure that only Ghanaians fund political parties and their campaigns, and also prevent the use of state funds by parties in power, to fund their campaigns.
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