Former President John Dramani Mahama's Special Aide has criticized President Nana Akufo-Addo for appointing a known New Patriotic Party (NPP) activist to the Electoral Commission's board.
Madam Bawah Mortari accused President Akufo-Addo of undermining the independence of the EC by appointing NPP foot soldiers to the commission.
Speaking on a TV3 panel discussion on Thursday, March 23, she emphasized the importance of neutrality and independence of the electoral management body.
She said, “There is a good reason the Electoral Commission is given good protection and the independence that is required to undertake its duties and obligations as an arbiter of very sensitive elections across the world."
“There is also a good reason we talk about neutrality of our arbiters. We also need to demand the sanctity of these institutions because it is the sanctity that guarantees their independence,” she stressed.
She called on Ghanaians to speak up against such appointments that give the impression of favoritism and job for party supporters.
Madam Bawah's criticism comes after President Akufo-Addo swore three new members to the Electoral Commission governing board, including Dr. Peter Appiahene, who has been accused of being an NPP activist and a patron of TESCON at the University of Energy and Natural Resources.
The appointment of the alleged known party activists to the EC has led to widespread condemnation from some political activists and groups.
Critics argue that such appointments undermine the independence and credibility of the Electoral Commission, which has a crucial role in ensuring free and fair elections in Ghana.
The controversy surrounding Dr. Appiahene's appointment highlights the need for transparency and accountability in the selection process for members of the Electoral Commission's board.