The Electoral Commission has released a statement saying it will not dissolve the 18-member Steering Committee it has already set up to steer election activities come November.
The protests by different opposition groups over the supposed ‘biased’ Steering Committee by the Electoral Commission seems to be of no significance as the EC has disregarded the various oppositions which emerged at the set up of the Committee. The EC has dismissed accusations that the committee is biased or compromised, saying that for the fact that one or two people are seen as disturbing does not at all mean the committee is compromised.
There has been a lot of oppositions surrounding the set up of the Election Steering Committee. Following the inclusion of National Democratic Congress (NDC)’s Karl Max to the board, opposition groups like; Let My Vote Count Alliance (LMVCA) extensively frowned against it. LMVCA which is a pro opposition pressure group pressured the EC into withdrawing Karl Max, who was a representative of the National Service Secretariat (NSS) from the committee. He was withdrawn after it was argued he was a known NDC loyalist.
It did not stop there, LMVCA pressed on with their oppositions as they pushed for the removal of two other members who were believed to be from the NDC. They are: Joseph Whittal and Francis Azumah whom they maintained are NDC activists. They were equally joined by the Alliance for Accountable Governance (AFAG) in the oppositions.
Furthermore, Mustapha Hamid spokesperson to New Patriotic Party (NPP)’s Nana Addo, buttressed the point of these oppositions, implying that the two had gross tendency to tilt the decisions of the board to a single party’s favour.
But not that withstanding, the EC has dismissed the opinions of the oppositions saying that it has carefully chosen the right individuals to represent in the steering committee. The Director of Public Affairs at the Electoral Commission, Christian Owusu Parry, had this to say;
”In the Commission’s view, it is important to have a committee of that nature; that’s the Election Steering Committee and so they will be part of our preparation towards the elections. They have very key roles to play especially because the representatives come from institutions that we deal with on regular basis so far as elections in this country are concerned…One or two biased members can’t stop us’’
According to Mr. Christian, the representatives chosen by the EC were deemed competent enough to effectively and efficiently execute the mandate of the steering committee.