Director of Public Affairs at the Commission, Christian Owusu-Parry
Director of Public Affairs at the Commission, Christian Owusu-Parry

EC calls PPP’s bluff over Electoral Reform C’tee snub

The Electoral Commission (EC) has called the bluff of the Progressive People Party (PPP) over the latter’s threat to go to court to place an injunction on the 10 member committee set up by the Commission to oversee electoral reforms.
The EC on Friday inaugurated a 10-member committee which has been tasked to reform the nation’s electoral system.

This in is line with a directive given by the Supreme Court during the hearing of the Election Petition case which saw the New Patriotic Party (NPP) challenge the results of the 2012 presidential elections.

The committee is there to critically review all proposals made on some electoral reforms to sanitize and make the electoral system more credible.

This is to help amend existing laws, administrative procedures and arrangements ahead of the 2016 general elections.

However, the composition of the committee saw representation from four political parties, the National Democratic Congress (NDC), the NPP, the YES Party and the Convention People’s Party (CPP).

The exclusion of the People’s National Convention (PNC) and the PPP has incurred the wrath of the leadership of both parties who have described the development as unfair and unjustifiable.
But speaking to Citi News, the Director of Public Affairs at the Commission, Christian Owusu-Parry said the PPP has no case.

He observed that the Commission could not have included representatives from all the 23 registered political parties in Ghana therefore; his outfit is not discriminating against any political party.

He however acknowledged that “it is their right to seek redress in court if they think that they have been treated unfairly.”

Mr. Owusu-Parry said the “committee is a committee of the Commission so the decision to have four parties representative, three Civil Society representatives and three people from the Commission was the decision of the Commission.”

 

Source: Citifmonline.com

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