Ghana won’t be like Ivory Coast – Jean Mensa to critics
The Chairperson of the Electoral Commission (EC) has dismissed assertions that the Commission’s quest to create a new electoral roll would plunge the nation into turmoil as it happened in neighboring Ivory Coast.
According to Jean Mensa, the desire for the creation of a new register would be in the interest of all political parties as the commission was committed to delivering an incident-free and peaceful election.
The EC boss argued that an audit on the current system had established potential room for election manipulation, with dire consequences on the general election, saying that was something the EC wanted to avert with the new BVR.
The Jean Mensa led Commission has been criticised over its decision to compile a new register with just 6 months to the December polls.
Some political parties have alleged that the Commission’s refusal to heed to calls to abandon the creation of a new register could plunge the country into turmoil and reverse the cloak of progress made when it comes to democracy within the country.
But the Chairperson, responding to some of these claims said the Commission would not conduct itself in any way that would compromise the peace of the country.
“I am a representative of Christ and I assure you as a Commission we are committed to conducting and promoting transparent, free, credible and peaceful elections.
“I do not believe that Ghana would experience the situation that occurred in Cote d’Ivoire and other countries.”
She added that the Commission would at all times ensure the elections are conducted devoid of tensions because the processes have been transparent.
“This is primarily because our systems are very transparent, very open involving broad masses of our society.
“And as a Commission, we ourselves are geared and we are committed to ensuring that our elections remain transparent and very open, that it involves our stakeholders and that it is done in a fair and credible manner devoid of tensions.”
Jean Mensah gave these assurance at an interactive meeting with the leadership of TUC who invited her to address raging concerns over the compilation of a new register on Friday June 12, 2020.