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‘We won’t do bidding of any political party’

BY: Dominic Moses Awiah
Mrs Jean Mensa, EC Chairperson
Mrs Jean Mensa, EC Chairperson

The Chairperson of the Electoral Commission, Mrs Jean Mensa, has stated that the commission will not allow any political party to push the institution to get the country's electoral body to do its bidding.


She said the commission would continue to stick to its constitutional mandate and ensure that every action of the commission conformed to what the laws of the country permitted.

Speaking to the management of Western Publications, owners of Daily Guide newspaper, in Accra on Tuesday, Mrs Mensa said the commission's major priority was to ensure that all political parties adhered to the regulations that governed their operations.

She said it was unfortunate that some political parties had resorted to attacking the commission's integrity anytime they were unable to get their issues addressed.

The EC Chairperson is on a media tour to seek the partnership of stakeholders in its quest to ensure transparency in the delivery of its mandate.

Mrs Mensa was accompanied by her two deputies-Dr Bossman Eric Asare and Mr Samuel Tettey.

Perception

Mrs Mensa said the commission had started to roll out a number of reforms to ensure that political parties abided by the agreed principles.

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She said the perception of some political parties that the EC was not being neutral should not be swallowed by the public because every action of the commission had been opened to the public.

Mrs Mensa said the EC had never done anything in secret to warrant any political party referring to the commission as " a secret society".
She said the commission would continue to engage with the political parties on various platforms, including the Inter Party Advisory Committee (IPAC) meetings, to ensure that their concerns were addressed.

" The commission is also coming up with an agenda to work on to remove the doubt of some stakeholders regarding the transparency of the institution," Mrs Mensa said.

Media partnership

The EC Chairperson stressed the need for the media to assist the commission in rolling out its various electoral reforms.

She gave an assurance that the commission would open its doors to answer any questions regarding its operations.

" The commission has always considered the media its number one stakeholder since without them it will be extremely difficult to get to the public," Mrs Mensa said.