At an Inter-Party Advisory Committee (IPAC) workshop to review the 2020 election, the Electoral Commissioner took the opportunity to clarify some happenings during the election period. According to Mrs Jean Mensa, she as a Commissioner was not in charge of security during the elections and cannot be blamed for the violence and related deaths of some persons at five centres during the December polls.
Mrs Jean Mensa indicated that such brutal happenings are the responsibilities of the agencies mandated to provide security for the polls. She used the opportunity to state that the entire election process and it success rested upon the shoulders of the EC, but their mandate does not include security as per the constitution. “Additionally, we need to apply the laws to ensure that the perpetrators of the violence are dealt with decisively,” she added.
The commissioner, Jean Mensa, however urged the police to speed up investigations into the killings to deliver justice to the affected. She stressed that the families of the victims, the Ghanaian citizens and the international community are still waiting for justice to be done.
The EC Chairperson also highlighted on their achievements as an institution in the management of the 2020 election. She stated that the EC saved ¢522 million of taxpayers money during the process. She further explained that there were no Covid-19 deaths nor cases recorded during the registration or exhibition of the new voters register.
“We need to celebrate the fact that in spite of the COVID-19 pandemic and its uncertainties, as a country we were able to undertake all our electoral processes, from the preparation of brand-new Voters Register with over 17 million persons in 38 days, to the Exhibition of Register to the filing of Nominations to the Election Day activities without the spread of the Covid-19 virus and that no life was lost to COVID-19 as a result of our activities,” the Chairperson explained.
In this development, there were no representative of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) present at the workshop.
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