April 7, 2014

Nkoranza North Member of Parliament, Major (rtd) Derrick Oduro, has bid good riddance to Electoral Commission Chairman Dr Kwadwo Afari Gyan, who retires next year.

Dr Afari Gyan, who has chaired the Commission for two decades, will not be at the helm of affairs for the 2016 general elections.

“I see it as long overdue,” Oduro told XYZ News, adding that the issues that were exposed in the Supreme Court, in relation to the legal challenge of the presidential results by the main opposition New Patriotic Party’s 2012 Flagbearer and two others, after the last elections, demanded that Dr Afari Gyan resigned a long time ago rather wait for his retirement.

“Look at the Supreme Court case that came up. A whole lot of allegations, name calling, insults, everything were put on Dr Afari Gyan. One would have expected that after the Court case, he would have bailed out…The New Patriotic Party is not happy about the turn of events. How things went on and how he even came and defended himself in Court. So people are calling for his resignation. People are calling for his retirement…so if he himself has come out to proclaim that he is proceeding on retirement, that is all the best and I think it’s the best way to approach prevailing events in the country now,” the opposition Legislator said.

He said: “People will not be happy to see him supervising the elections for 2016. No way. They are not happy. And to put things in a better perspective, I think it’s better for him to bail out. So it’s a step in the right direction. A decision that will be welcomed by everybody in the country.”