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CODEO Advisor calls for resignation of newly appointed EC officials

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Rev. Dr. Fred Deegbe, a member of the advisory board of the Coalition of Domestic Election Observers (CODEO), has urged the two newly appointed members of the Electoral Commission (EC) to step down from their positions. Speaking on JoyNews’ Newsfile program, Rev. Dr. Deegbe stated that the EC is a critical institution that should only be occupied by impartial individuals.

He argued that if the government believes that Dr. Peter Appiahene and Hajia Salima Ahmed Tijani can provide some service to the State, they can do so in other institutions that are not politically sensitive.

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“We believe that the moral argument, supported by the overwhelming evidence, will encourage qualified Ghanaians to understand that there are other places where they can serve the nation, given their political affiliations,” he said.

Rev. Dr. Deegbe emphasized that there is nothing wrong with being a member of a political party, but individuals appointed to the EC must remain independent of party activities.

“Nobody is accusing them of their political affiliations, but to serve on the EC when the institution’s role is clearly defined and independent of political affiliations, we think it’s wrong,” he said.

He added that the resignation of the two appointees will promote peaceful coexistence in the country and also uphold the integrity of the electoral process.

CODEO, Star Ghana, and IDEG are some of the patriotic institutions calling for the resignation of the two newly appointed EC members, according to Rev. Dr. Deegbe. He stated that they love their country and are concerned about the current state of affairs.

“We are on very dangerous ground and we should not sacrifice one of the only things that have held us together – peaceful elections where we can develop and even go to IMF 17 times to develop and do things.

“If we throw this one away also, what else? And if people are able and are mindful to resign peacefully, I think it will be a feather in their own cap,” he added.

CODEO had earlier demanded the immediate resignation of the two newly appointed EC members, Dr. Peter Appiahene and Hajia Salima Ahmed Tijani. This came after allegations by the National Democratic Congress (NDC) and others that the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) had filled the EC with active party affiliates.

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