September 9, 2013

‘’If Dr. Kwadwo Afari Gyan, was the coach of the Blacks Stars team, he would have been sacked by now judging by his poor showing during the 2012 general elections’’.

This is according to the Member of Parliament for Akuapem North, Osei Bonsu Amoah who has passed a verdict on the performance of the Electoral Commissioner during the December 2012 elections, describing his work as abysmal.

The recent 2012 election petition case challenging the validity of the election of President Mahama as President at the Supreme Court, revealed lots of irregularities in the last election with some political watchers and the opposition NPP blaming Dr. Afari Gyan and the EC for acts of commission and omission which allowed such infractions to occur.

The EC over the weekend requested the various political parties to formulate inputs into a new set of electoral reforms that will guide the running of various future elections.

However the Chairman of the New Patriotic Party, Jake Obetsebi Lamptey has said the party is not convinced that the call from the Electoral Commission (EC) to political parties for recommendations to reform Ghana’s electoral process is genuine, saying “We are suspicious that the call by the EC will result in we and others submitting recommendations that would then be buried in the bosom of the EC, either to never emerge or to emerge in some emasculated form, the product of the wisdom and constitutional absolute powers allowed to the E C.”

Contributing to a discussion on Metro TV’s Good Morning Ghana show, Hon. O.B Amoah stated that Ghana put in so much resources into that election, but the outcome was nothing to write home about.

‘’Some of us then, made sure in Parliament that the EC would not attribute any problems that it would have faced in that 2012 election to lack of funds, so we ensured that it received all the monies it needed to run an efficient election, we spent so much energy and experience at the committee level even to ensure that the EC’s regulations met the required standards and after all this look at the outcome of the elections. This kind of eight months of litigation who enjoys it, all the judges admitted there were short falls so we don’t have to keep quiet about it and say the man should go his way and relax peacefully’’ he said.

Kwadwo Anim/