The Electoral Commission has noted with concern an attempt to
malign the reputation and integrity of the Commission and its
members by a news story carried on classfmonlinc and published on
Ghanaweb on Friday, 10th January 2020.
The said story captioned, The public can’t dictate to us, we’ll work
our plan for a credible poll- E.C. seeks to create the impression that
the Commission does not seek other views or opinions when taking
critical decisions. This is false.
The Electoral Commission wishes to state that despite the guarantee
of its independence as enshrined in Article 46 of the 1992
Constitution, it does have consultations with stakeholders which
include political parties, civil society organisations, media, and many
more in its quest to bring democracy to the doorstep of all Ghanaians.
The visit by the Electoral Commission to various stakeholders last
year is a clear indication of an institution that embraces divergent
views and opinions.
The Commission will however not compromise its stance on matters
that are not in the interest of the nation and in clear contravention of
the principles of electoral justice to the detriment of our electoral
process and democracy.
It is therefore important for the media to be circumspect in their
reportage in order not to jeopardise or compromise the integrity of the
Electoral Commission and the electoral process before and after the
2020 Presidential and Parliamentary elections.
On this note, we call on the publisher of the article to retract and
correct this erroneous impression regarding the Commission’s
justification of a new Voter Management system and a voters’ register.