Parliamentary nominee petitions EC over returning officer

There is uneasy calm in the Akatsi South Constituency of the Volta Region following the appointment of a new returning officer for the area.

A former member of the governing National Democratic Congress (NDC), Evans Gadeto Dzikunu is protesting the appointment of Mr Joseph Flagbo as the new retuning officer of the Electoral Commission in the area.

According to him, the new appointment is unnecessary as three other persons had already been appointed to serve as returning and deputy retuning officers.

He contended that due process was not followed as the new appointee had been disqualified early on.

Evans Dzikunu who is currently aspiring for the parliamentary seat of the constituency as an independent candidate says he has petitioned the Electoral Commissioner, Charlotte Osei to look into the matter.

“I am asking the EC chairperson to conduct thorough investigations into circumstances surrounding the purported appointment of Joseph Flagbo for Akatsi South constituency because already, 3 people have been appointed as the returning and deputy returning officers respectively and they swore an oath and have assumed duty so where from Flagbo again,” he quizzed.

Evans Dzikunu told Citi News “why should the officers be four? For all the constituencies in the Volta Region, there is none that you will find four officers. If you look at the circumstances surrounding his appointment and the number being four, don’t you think there is something fishy about this? We are saying that we don’t want him to be there.”

He added that he had lost confidence in the new appointee and is currently waiting for explanations from the Electoral Commission to confirm that he was duly appointed and in accordance with the electoral laws.

He said he was prepared to lead a demonstration of the people in the area against the Electoral Commission is nothing is done to ensure the due processes are followed.

He also served notice that he would press further if the Electoral Commission’s report after its investigations is unsatisfactory.


By: Jonas Nyabor/