The Electoral Commissioner of Ghana, Mrs Jean Mensa has expressed worry at how expensive Ghana’s election is coming.
The commissioner says because our election is becoming expensive, we always depend on fore own national polls.
“Our elections are fast becoming very expensive ventures where we constantly rely on our development partners to partly fund our elections thereby compromising our independence.”
She was speaking at the 17th International Electoral Affairs Symposium where she advocated that measures be put in place to minimise the country’s dependence on development partners to fund its elections.
“Indeed, it is the midwife that births a democracy. It provides legitimacy to our leaders and democratic institutions and therefore needs not only to be maintained but more importantly to be fortified.”
She for the strengthening of electoral bodies “to ensure that citizens respect the processes that elect their leaders as being free, credible and transparent.”
To political parties she said, “It’s essential that political parties freely participate in the electoral process and crucial that the right to citizens to express their preference is protected and guaranteed.”