Asiedu Nketia remarks that, the chairman of the New Patriotic Party's (NPP) Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee’s submission was confusing and contradictory to his earlier demand to allow the constitution work.
The General Secretary of the ruling National Democratic Congress [NDC], Johnson Asiedu Nketia has described the former second deputy speaker of Ghana's Parliament, Prof. Mike Oquaye as a “confused old man” following the latter’s comments that it was “premature” to shortlist for who replaces Dr.Kwadwo Afari Gyan as the Chairman of Ghana’s Electoral Commission (EC).
The current deputy EC commissioners, Georgina Opoku Amankwaa and Amadu Sule, two Court of Appeal Judges: Justice Senyo Dzamefe and Justice Kofi Gyan, Charlotte Osei as chairperson of the National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE), Dr. Emmanuel of IDEC were in the news as having been shortlisted as possible replacement for Dr. Kwadwo Afari Gyan.
Prof. Mike Oquaye wondering which criteria were used in shortlisting a successor for the EC position indicated that the people behind pushing this shortlist into the public, have a hidden agenda for which he has fears for the country. He therefore emphasized the need for "broader and wider consultation" in order to determine an undisputable standard for selecting the new electoral commissioner.
But Mr. Asiedu Nketia remarks that, the chairman of the New Patriotic Party's (NPP) Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee’s submission was confusing and contradictory to his earlier demand to allow the constitution work.
“I think Prof Mike Ocquaye is suffering from old age because it looks as if he is a bit confused. He recently warned against those going contrary to the provision and procedures in the constitution in appointing the next EC boss……I don’t know where he slept that he has turned around to speak against the constitutional mandate of the president to appoint the next EC boss upon the advice of the Council of State…He must shut up...or he might say something concerning this issue and later regret,” he said on Okay FM’s morning show, "Ade Akye Abia".
A number of personalities including Chairman of Nigeria’s Independent National Electoral Commission (Inec), Professor Attahiru Muhammadu Jega have called on Ghanaian authorities to appoint a “competent and suitable” person to replace Dr. Kwadwo Afari Gyan as he proceeds on statutory retirement in June.