Poll c’tee not suspended – EC


The Electoral Commission has not suspended the 18-member Steering Committee inaugurated recently to help the election management body conduct the November polls smoothly, Public Affairs Director of the EC, Christian Owusu-Parry has said.

He told Umaru Amadu Sanda on Citi FM’s news analysis programme, The Big Issue, on Saturday February 19 that contrary to widespread media reports to the contrary, the EC never announced the suspension of activities of the Committee at the Interparty Advisory Committee (IPAC) meeting held Friday.

“As we speak now, the National Election Steering Committee is still in place until a contrary decision is made. … What actually happened was that the commission said it is going to look into the concerns raised and when a decision is made, we will relay it to the public,” he said.

According to Mr Owusu-Parry, all the EC said at the meeting was that it was going back to the drawing board to review the composition of the committee following widespread protests from pressure groups Let My Vote Count Alliance (LMVCA) and Alliance for Accountable Governance (AFAG) as well as the biggest opposition party – the New Patriotic Party – to the membership of four people, whom they said were biased toward the governing National Democratic Congress.

The two groups and the NPP said four of the members on the committee were affiliated to the governing National Democratic Congress and, thus, their neutrality could not be guaranteed as far as their work on the poll committee was concerned.

They include Dr Karl Marx Arhin of the National Service Secretariat (NSS), Francis Azumiah of the National Peace Council (NPC), Acting Commissioner of the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ) Joseph Whittal, and deputy boss of the National Commission on Civic Education (NCCE) Samuel Asare Akuamoah.

LMVCA and AFAG have both accused the chair of the EC, Mrs Charlotte Osei, of putting together the committee to do the bidding of the NDC in the 2016 polls.

Source: ClassFMonline

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