There was no brawl between myself & Asiedu Nketiah


The Electoral Commissioner of Ghana, Mrs Jean Mensa, has refuted claims over an alleged brawl between her and the General Secretary of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), Johnson Asiedu Nketiah at a recent Inter-Party Advisory Committee (IPAC) meeting.

Some media outlets have reported that at last week’s IPAC meeting at the Electoral Commission headquarters in Accra, the EC chair and Asiedu Nketiah engaged in a brawl

At the said meeting, the EC reportedly set out the agenda for the meeting including an update on the referendum on the election of district chief executives as well as the district level elections, as well as updates on the inspection of the political parties offices.

Mrs Mensa had acknowledged that the NDC had concerns in the last IPAC meeting and was looking forward to addressing their concerns emphasizing the need for peaceful co-existence of stakeholders.

As the meeting advanced, Mr. Nketia asked to know if the EC has gone to parliament to seek a budgetary appropriation for the upgrade of some bio-metric verification machines for the elections and if yes, why the commission has decided not to upgrade the machines again.

Ms Jean indicated she was sure the commission owed no political parties an explanation in that regard but went on to explain that it was cost effective for the commission to acquire new machines than to upgrade the old ones.

In explaining her point, there was an obstruction in the conference room to which the EC chair accused the NDC chief scribe of disrupting the meeting.

The response from Mr Nketiah reportedly infuriated the EC who felt insulted.

But responding to the story in an interaction with the parliamentary press corps on Monday, she denied the story.

According to her, there was nothing like a brawl between her and the NDC chief scribe.


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