Election 2016 Kwami Sefa Kayi chastises EC, Police, NCCE

Sefa Kayi admonished journalists in the country to ‘speak truth to power’ in order to ensure that there is peace in the country after the polls

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Veteran journalist Kwami Sefa Kayi has sharply criticised various state institutions involved in Ghana’s upcoming elections for ‘not playing their part’ effectively.

Speaking at a town hall meeting organised by the Media Foundation for West Africa, Sefa Kayi was hugely critical of the Electoral Commission and the Ghana Police Service. He described the EC’s decision to charge journalists an accreditation fee as ‘shameful’

I think it is shameful that you charge the media to cover the elections…I don’t think it is a very good thing you have done. I don’t think it is a smart thing to do. What is 10 cedis to you [EC] from a journalist?...I am not very happy as a media person.

On an apparent roll, he then turned his focus to the police, which was represented by the Nima police commander. Earlier this month, supporters of the governing National Democratic Congress (NDC) and the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) clashed outside the residence of the flagbearer of the NPP; which is a stone’s throw away from the Nima Police Station.

It was right in your territory…but you are here telling us ‘the police service is very prepared.’ It happened in your backyard. What did you do?...[You say you are going to clamp down on troublemakers]. It happened next door, you did nothing.”

The National Commission on Civic Education was not spared in Sefa Kayi’s critical gaze.

[The NCCE] you don’t have money. You complain to us in private but you are here [talking as if you do]… What is this hypocrisy and dishonesty that we are all pushing?

...It is two weeks to an election, they haven’t put one single advert out educating the public on how we should even vote.

Sefa Kayi admonished journalists in the country to ‘speak truth to power’ in order to ensure that there is peace in the country after the polls. Kwami Sefa Kayi hosts one of Ghana’s most popular radio morning shows and is respected hugely in media and political circles.

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