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Electoral Commission members appointed by President Akufo-Addo is pointless-Joyce Bawah Morgtari

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President Akufo-Addo is facing criticism from a former aide of ex-President John Mahama for his latest appointments to the Electoral Commission (EC).

Joyce Bawah Morgtari claims that the President is packing the Commission with members of his New Patriotic Party (NPP), which could pose a threat to Ghana’s growing democracy. In an interview with TV3, Bawah Morgtari condemned Akufo-Addo’s conduct, saying he had lost his moral compass.

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She accused the President of trying to make the EC look like an NPP branch and criticized government spokespeople for defending the indefensible. Bawah Morgtari added that no one should seek moral guidance from the NPP or Akufo-Addo, even if the party were a church.

The Coalition of Domestic Election Observers (CODEO) has also called for the resignation of two recently appointed EC members, Dr. Peter Appiahene and Hajia Salima Ahmed Tijani, citing their known affiliation with the NPP. The NDC has also criticized their appointments, suggesting that it could compromise the EC’s credibility in future elections. At a news conference, Rev. Dr. Fred Deegbe read out an address on behalf of CODEO, calling on the two new appointees to resign voluntarily, stating that it would be in the country’s supreme interest. However, he acknowledged that it was unlikely that the President would revoke their appointments constitutionally.

Many Ghanaians are concerned about the implications of the President’s recent appointments for the future of the country’s democracy. Some fear that the EC’s independence is being undermined, while others worry that the NPP’s growing influence in the electoral process could affect the credibility of future elections. There is also concern about the President’s moral compass and his commitment to democracy.

Ghana has made significant progress in consolidating its democratic credentials over the years, with free and fair elections, a vibrant civil society, and a free press. However, there is a growing sense that these gains are under threat, with rising levels of political polarization, corruption, and a lack of accountability. The recent controversy surrounding the EC’s appointments is just one example of the challenges facing Ghana’s democracy.

Many Ghanaians are calling on the President to respect the rule of law, protect the country’s democratic institutions, and uphold the Constitution. They are also urging political parties to refrain from interfering in the work of the EC and to respect the results of future elections, regardless of which party wins. The future of Ghana’s democracy depends on the collective efforts of all its citizens, and it is essential that everyone plays their part in safeguarding the country’s democratic gains.

 

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