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President Akufo-Addo Makes Unprecedented Move in Electoral Commission Appointments,” says North Tongu MP

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Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, Member of Parliament for North Tongu, has called out President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo for his recent appointment of politically-exposed persons to the Electoral Commission (EC), calling it an unprecedented move in Ghana’s political history. According to Mr Ablakwa, the move has done nothing to improve the trust Ghanaians have in the EC, which currently stands at only 10%.

In a recent appearance on Key Points on TV3, Mr Ablakwa stated that “no president in the history of our country has done what President Akufo-Addo has done. No president would have had the courage to do this.” He added that the appointment has only served to increase distrust in the EC, which is already one of the least trusted institutions in Ghana.

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President Akufo-Addo’s appointment of Dr Peter Appiahene, Madam Salima Ahmed Tijani, and Reverend Akua Ofori Boateng has been met with criticism from stakeholders, including the Coalition of Domestic Election Observers (CODEO).

Speaking at a press conference in Accra, a leading member of CODEO, Rev. Dr Fred Degbey, said that “nothing stops the affected appointees…from voluntarily and honourably resigning from the EC. This will be in the supreme interest of our country’s continued democratic progress, election peace and credibility and indeed overall national interest.”

The President, however, has defended his appointments, stating that “elections are about those who cast their vote, not those who count, not those who supervise, not those who transmit and not those who declare. The heart of the democratic process is giving effect to the choices made by those who cast the votes.”

The appointment of politically-exposed persons to the EC has raised concerns about the impartiality of the electoral body, which is responsible for overseeing Ghana’s elections. The move has been seen as a departure from previous appointments, which have been made with the aim of improving transparency and impartiality in the electoral process.

As the nation prepares for its next election, it remains to be seen how the appointment of politically-exposed persons will impact the credibility and integrity of the electoral process.

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