By Maxwell Ofori
The opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) has said the Chairperson of the Electoral Commission (EC), Jean Mensa, and her deputies failed their first test, which was the just-ended referenda.
According to the NDC, the current EC is a looming disaster with the potential to reverse all the successes of the nation’s democracy.
The cry of the NDC follows the referenda, which saw the creation of six new regions, bringing the total number in the country to sixteen.
The NDC, at a news conference in Accra earlier today, called for an independent inquiry into what it described as “fraudulent” conduct of the referenda.
The party indicated that Ghana could not afford the price of a “partial and incompetent Electoral Commission,” adding that the NDC will continue to do everything possible to safeguard the independence and transparency of state institutions.
On account of the recent happenings during the referenda processes, the NDC said it will follow closely the performance of the new leadership of the commission in subsequent elections, including that of the District Assemblies.
“A repeat of this shambolic display will leave us no choice than to demand for the resignation of Jean Mensa and her team.
“Meanwhile, we hereby, as a matter of urgency, demand an immediate independent inquiry into the fraudulent conduct of the referenda to restore confidence in Ghana’s electoral process.
Jean Mensah and her Deputies have failed this first test in the processes leading to, as well as, the conduct of the referenda.”