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“I don’t do propaganda for the Electoral Commission” ---Kyei

It  became clear at a forum organised by the Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs that Independent Governance Institutions (IGI’s) urgently need adequate resources to execute their functions prescribed under the 1992 Republican Constitution. 

Minister of Parliamentary Affairs, Mr. Osei-Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu put on record that he does not do propaganda for the Electoral Commission as alluded to by the Minority Leader, Mr. Haruna Iddrisu that he (Majority leader) has turned to spokesperson for the EC. 

“I speak to the truth, as I know what exist at the EC as chairman of the Special Budget Committee in Parliament, and the Minority Leader being the Vice Chairman of that Committee, hence we agree to many of the things we do there including looking for resources to fund the IGI’s for them to better our governance system”.

The forum was on the theme, “Independent Governance Institutions and the 2020 elections in Ghana some reflections”. After their presentations it became clear that there was the need for adequately resourcing the IGIs to perform their roles. 

Mr. Osei-Kyei further advised the EC to up its game in view of the time left for this year’s Presidential and Parliamentary elections, looking at their calendar of activities and their road map.  

He called for subsequent forum where IGIs would have collaborations and agreed to the need to have a distinction between government and state institutions and the role they play, which he believe is critical.
Again, he noted that the EC has procured new equipment for this year’s general elections and urged that the challenges faced by them in 2012 for not training its staff should not be repeated. There should be adequate time for training in this year’s election as 2016’s general elections did not face much challenges to the magnitude of 2012.

He added that, in the wake of the COVID-19 environment EC should ensure that there are thirty six to seven thousand polling stations in his view for the conduct of the general elections.

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