Accra, July 10, GNA – The Centre for African Democratic Affairs (CADA) has sent a congratulatory message to Mrs. Charlotte Osei on her appointment as Chairperson of the Electoral Commission (EC), and for her acceptance to serve the country in that capacity.
In a release signed by Mr Frank Adarkwah Yiadom, Executive Director, and copied to the Ghana News Agency (GNA), CADA indicated that the new EC Chair was assuming that responsibility at a time the Commission was ‘battling a declining reputation’.
‘Events from the 2010 District Assembly Elections, the 2012 Presidential Election petition, the abortive 2014 District Assembly Election and the recent abortive continuous registration of voters and transfers are clear indications of inefficiency and incompetence.
‘The continuous decline of reputation if not dealt with, can completely erode the confidence stakeholders have in the Ghanaian electoral process, the result of which could be disastrous for the nation’, CADA said.
It indicated that the rebuilding of the Commission’s reputation must be a matter of priority if Mrs. Osei and her team should have a successful tenure, and expressed the belief that she would work professionally to justify the confidence reposed in her.
The release particularly pointed out that the situation where experienced and highly qualified technocrats at the EC had been marginalized in policy formulation and planning of activities should be rectified.
‘This management style that looks down on technocrats has demoralized the staff and every effort must be made to restore the right relationship with the staff. In this regard, CADA advises that a focal point for the Directorate (Coordinating Director) be appointed as the first step towards restoring this relationship’, it stated.
It further suggested that the Commission should, as early as possible, review its performance on the various electoral processes and adopt the development of a yearly Electoral Calendar of Activities which must be shared with all stakeholders.
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