Who heads EC? Mahama will not be influenced to appoint new EC Chairman - NDC

The NDC has debunked reports that President John Mahama was in secret talks to appoint an NDC member as the new head of EC.

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The National Democratic Congress has dismissed allegations that the President was in clandestine talks to appoint an NDC stooge as the new Chairman of the Electoral Commission.

National Organiser of the NDC, Kofi Adams told Radio Ghana, that the group making the allegation was doing so with support of the opposition New Patriotic Party.

According to Mr. Adams, the constitution gives the President the sole prerogative to appoint the EC boss on the advise of the council of state and not any other body or individual.

The tenure of Dr. Kwadwo Afari Gyan elapses in June this year having served in that capacity for nearly 22 years.

Article 70 - clause 2 of the 1992 Constitution gives President John Mahama the mandate to appoint the Chairman, Deputy Chairmen and other members of the EC on the advice of the Council of State.

Meanwhile, a law lecturer at the Faculty of law, Central University College, Yaw Oppong said, calls for the president to have wider consultations before appointing the new EC boss are justified.

He said, because of the important nature of elections, there was the need for an undoubted confidence in the chairman who is an embodiment of the whole commission and the electoral process.

In a related development, a Political Science Lecturer, Dr. Aggrey Darko, said, election in democracy is important, as it ensures consent and expression of human rights.

He has therefore emphasised that a credible person be appointed to head the Electoral Commission.

The appointment process should therefore not be influenced by any other authority than the constitution.

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