Members of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) has criticized the nomination of the Executive Director of the Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA), Jean Adukwei Mensa, as the new chairperson of the Electoral Commission, describing her as a “known pro-NPP and an avowed anti-NDC person”.
According to Mr Johnson Asideu Nketia, General Secretary of the NDC, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has disappointed Ghanaians with the appointment of Mrs Jean Mensa, Executive Director of the Institute for Economic Affairs (IEA), as the new Chairperson of the Electoral Commission.
Johnson Asiedu Nketia claims the Nana Addo-led New Patriotic Party (NPP) government, has appointed its own referee to conduct and rig the 2020 presidential and parliamentary polls in their favour.
“The woman has, over the years, demonstrated that she is totally against the NDC, and, we in the NDC have indicated publicly the issues she has against us, and, so, her appointment as the EC Chair is worrying, she will work against the NDC and that is what President Akufo-Addo wants ahead of the elections.” Mr Nketia told Chief Jerry Forson on Ghana Yensom on Tuesday, 24 July.
President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, on Monday, announced the appointment of Mrs Jean Mensa as the new EC chairperson in a press statement signed by the Chief of Staff, Hon Akosua Frema Osei-Opare.
President Akufo-Addo also named as deputy commissioners political science lecturer at the University of Ghana, Dr Eric Asare Bossman and Mr Samuel Tettey, Director of Electoral Services in charge of elections at the EC, pending approval by the Council of State.
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The appointments follow the dismissal of EC Chair Charlotte Osei and her two deputies Amadu Sulley and Georgina Opoku Amankwah.