There have been speculations suggesting that the Electoral Commission (EC) has suspended the Election Steering Committee it set up to oversee activities in the November elections, due to various oppositions it has faced. These speculations came after the EC said it was going to look into the issues or concerns raised by different opposition groups.
The EC was said to have suspended the Steering Committee based on the pressure from opposition groups over some supposed ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) loyalists included in the group.
Opposition groups like Let My Vote Count Alliance (LMVCA), Alliance for Accountable Governance (AFAG), and also Mustapha Hamid, who is the spokesperson for the Flagbearer of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Nana Addo, all decried the set up of the committee, saying it was a biased arrangement as they pointed out up to 3 persons whom they believed were loyalists from the ruling party, NDC.
The 3 persons are Joseph Whittal, Deputy Commissioner at CHRAJ, Dr. Karl Max Arhin, a Deputy Director of International Affairs of the NDC and Francis Azumah of the National Peace Council.
But the Acting Director of Public Relations at the EC, Christian Owusu Parry, has implied that the EC has not heeded those criticisms
Mr Owusu said,
As we speak now, the National Election Steering Committee is still in place until a contrary decision is made. The reports are inaccurate and we are asking the entire citizenry to disregard that piece of information.
He continued, stating that the citizens of Ghana would be notified should there be any decision made concerning the issues raised.
Here is the full statement from the EC signed by Christian Owusu Parry.
NATIONAL ELECTION STEERING COMMITTEE NOT SUSPENDED
The Electoral Commission’s attention has been drawn to reports in the media that the National Election Steering Committee has been suspended.
The Commission wishes to inform the public that the reports are erroneous and should be disregarded.
At the Inter-Party Advisory Committee (IPAC) meeting, held yesterday, 19th February, 2016 the Commission assured the stakeholders, after persistent calls for the Commission to reconsider the setting up of the Committee that it would meet and discuss the concerns raised and inform IPAC of its decision later.
This should not be misconstrued as a suspension of the Committee. The Committee remains in place until a contrary decision is made.
The Commission wishes to appeal to the Committee members to stay focused as it takes the necessary steps to address the concerns raised.
SIGNED CHRISTIAN OWUSU-PARRY
AG. DIRECTOR, PUBLIC AFFAIRS.