Chairperson of the Electoral Commission (EC) Mrs Charlotte Osei has called on international stakeholders to begin to hold African politicians to a higher level of scrutiny discourse during African elections.
This according to her will promote free, fair and transparent elections on the continent.
Speaking at the Royal Institute of International Affairs (Chatham House) on “Ghana’s 2016 elections: processes and priorities of the Electoral Commission” Mrs Osei dismissed claims the commission is subject to political interference, noting that, it has instituted a suite of specific legal measures to ensure the December polls are as transparent as possible.
She said Ghana’s electoral system is strong and more transparent than most electoral systems globally which makes it impossible for anyone to rig the election.
According to Mrs Osei, one of the greatest challenges facing Ghana’s election is the potential for the media to call the election results ahead of the EC, which may tend to create confusion in the minds of the voting public.
To forestall that, she said the Commission has made great efforts to build a more active presence online with new media, by creating a large following on both Facebook and Twitter and intend to hold very regular briefings for the media and the public until the final results are declared on Election Day.
She assured that the Commission remains resolute in doing everything it can to deliver lawful as well as credible, fair, transparent and inclusive elections on December 7.