Efutu MP charges A-G to hold EC for causing financial loss

The Member of Parliament for Efutu, Alex Afenyo Markins is calling on the Attorney General to hold the Electoral Commission responsible for causing financial loss to the state over the botched district level elections.

The elections originally slated for next Tuesday has been cancelled after the Supreme Court ruled that the process was unconstitutional.

The move has raised issues about the financial implications because of the funds invested in the preparatory process.

The EC had earlier been cautioned that its preparations were illegal but the elections governing body ignored the warnings.

Mr. Afenyo Markin who represented a disqualified aspirant to challenge the EC in court says, it is up to the Attorney General to file a case of wilfully causing financial loss to the state.

“Every criminal matter emanates from the Attorney-General and it is for the Attorney-General to consider the facts (of the case) and take action on it,” he said.

The Efutu MP said he personally wrote to the Chairman of the EC, Dr. Kwadwo Afari Gyan, cautioning him about the illegality of what was going on but the commission did not listen.  

Meanwhile, local governance analyst, George Kyei Baffour says the implications are dire, but most importantly, the EC’s integrity will suffer.

He said the EC must do more to repair its battered image.

The Electoral Commission would not comment on when the elections would eventually be held.

The Commission said in a statement issued in Accra that, “In view of the Supreme Court’s decision in the matter of Benjamin Eyi Mensah v The Electoral Commission, on Friday, 27th February 2015, with regard to the maturity of C.I 85, the District Level Elections and all activities connected with them have been suspended forthwith until further notice.”

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