Causing Financial Loss Afari-Gyan’s Head Must Roll - Group

A pressure group has called for the immediate resignation of Dr Kwadwo Afari-Gyan as the EC boss.

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Political pressure group, the Movement For Change (MFC), has called for the immediate resignation of the Chairman for the Electoral Commission (EC), Dr Kwadwo Afari-Gyan as well as the entire membership of the Commission.

The MFC further wants the EC to be "prosecuted for wilfully causing huge financial loss to the state".

The Supreme Court by a unanimous decision on Friday suspended the organization of the District Level Elections stating that it is unconstitutional.

The Court ordered the commission to start all over again CI 85; a legal instrument which seeks to demarcate electoral boundaries for the district elections in 2015. This was after an aggrieved fisherman in the Central Region instituted an action against the EC for contravening the supreme law of the land.

Some, including the MFC, blame the current state of affairs on the commission’s intransigence and disregard for due process.

In a statement issued days after the ruling, MFC contends that the EC had earlier been warned severally that its preparations were illegal, but the elections ombudsman ignored the warnings.

The group noted that "because of the recklessness and irresponsible act of Afari Gyan & Co, Six thousand, one hundred and fifty-six (6,156) electoral areas across the country that are covered under the new C.I. have been affected badly", adding that these losses cannot just be swept under the carpet....at a time when the nation is broke and reeling under both economic hardship and this monstrous power crisis".

Quoting copiously from the constitution with particular reference to Chapter four (4) of the Criminal Code, 1960 (Act 29) under the Special Offences specifically Section 179A (1) and (3), the MFC opined that "the law must guide heads of Public sector institutions who are accountable to the citizenry...We also encourage all aggrieved persons who might have suffered any loss to institute an action against Afari-Gyan & Co for acting lawlessly and negligently".

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