We will not scrap 'biased' Election Steering C'tee - EC

 

Pressure group, Let My Vote Count Alliance (LMVCA) had alleged that the  steering committee is biased towards the governing National Democratic Congress (NDC), and thus must be dissolved.

According to the convenor of the group, David Asante,"the so-called Steering Committee is populated by NDC people. It is an NDC-biased Steering Committee."

However, the acting Director of Public Affairs of the Commission, Christian Owusu Parry has insisted that the Committee would not be scrapped as the EC trusts the integrity of those involved.

"What we did when we conceived the idea of forming this committee was that we wrote to the institutions to give us one person to represent them on the committee so the selection was purely the decision of those institutions. We had no reason to doubt the integrity or even the political lenients of the people that they were bringing to us," Mr. Owusu Parry told Accra-based Joy FM.

He added that the "Committee is very important. And I don't think that merely because one or two are alleged to have some leniency with some political parties the whole committee should be scrapped."

Meanwhile, a member of the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC), Dr. Karl Arhin, has resigned from the Steering Committee.

However, Mr. Owusu Parry said the EC is yet to be informed officially about his resignation.

The 18-member committee was inaugurated on the 8th February 2016 and is chaired by the EC boss, Charlotte Osei with members from various state institutions including the Ghana Police Service and the Prisons service.

The Committee is expected to share ideas and strategies for credible elections on November 7.

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