The Opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) has rubbished claims by some sections of the public the Inter Parties Advisory Committee (IPAC) will take over the duties and functions of Ghana’s electoral management body when given legal backing.
“Does the Judicial Council takes over the role of Judicial Service which is also an independent body like the Electoral Commission? The NDC Scribe quizzed.
Explaining the rationale behind the party’s electoral reforms proposals at a news conference at the party’s headquarters in Accra on Tuesday the NDC General Secretary Mr. Johnson Asiedu Nketiah noted that its electoral proposal is meant to reform Ghana’s electoral processes aimed at ensuring free, fair and violence-free elections.
“You all know that all is not well about our elections. After the 1992 Republican Constitution each election that we’ve had, we’ve made progress from previous ones until the 2020 elections. We acknowledge that the last election is the worst”, Mr. Nketiah emphasized.
The General Secretary revealed that his outfit’s proposal is in two parts and has 34 point electoral recommendations.
He, therefore, urged President Akufo- Addo to initiate processes of implementing the 3 flagship recommendations proposed by the Party.
Part A, Mr. Nketiah explained has 10 reforms out of which 3 are NDC’s flagship including Members of EC should be appointed by the President in consultation with the Council of state and approved by two-thirds of Parliament.
“In our second flagship recommendation, we propose that Inter-Party Advisory Committee (IPAC) should be backed by legislation and that its composition and functions should be clearly spelt out in the legislation”, he said.
“It is not only political parties who break the rules. The referees also break the rules there are times you need something and what you hear is I am the EC boss here I won’t give it to you, you can go to hell. These are some of the things we are talking about”, the General Secretary stressed.
The third recommendation according to the General Secretary is the splitting of the EC into two separate and distinct bodies.
“Office of the Regulator of political parties (ORPP) responsible for the registration and regulation of political parties, an Electoral Commission (EC) responsible for the conduct of Presidential, Parliamentary, District Assembly and Unit Committee and other public elections and referenda”, he disclosed.
Throwing more light on the proposal, the Chairman of the Proposal Committee, Nana Ato Dadzie revealed that part B calls for the continuous registration of voters system already approved by IPAC and accepted by the EC to be implemented.
“However, for reasons of cost and convenience, the registration should be undertaken at the district offices of the EC once every month”, he added.
Some of the recommendations in part B of the proposal includes the EC ensuring that voting period of 7 am to 5 pm be maintained as well as EC should be required to publish details of all election results on polling station by polling station and Constituency by Constituency basis on its website and in the Gazette.
“There must be a public broadcast of the Presidential vote collation process at the EC head office as and when the Constituency Presidential results are received and certified”
The rest are the constitution of Special adjudication court to adjudicate post-electoral disputes as well as the Abolishment of the Regional collation centres.
Nana Dadzie, therefore, called on President Akufo Addo to initiate steps to operationalize the 3 reform recommendations in Part A.
“We hope that government will initiate the necessary steps to operationalize especially the 3 flagship reform recommendations in Part A of our proposals as well as the recommendations of the Constitutional Review Commission”, the Chairman of the Committee emphasized.