Prof. Gyampo unhappy about EC’s ‘unfairness’ to main opposition parties

Political Science lecturer at the University of Ghana, Prof. Ransford Gyampo has expressed worry at the phenomenon where successive Electoral Commissioners have been hostile to the main opposition party.

He said the trend has existed since 1992 and admonished them to create a more liberal atmosphere for the opposition to showcase their concerns relating to electoral issues.

“I think these things are not helpful. The EC [from 1992 to now] has been incompetent in dealing with the opposition,” Prof. Gyampo said on the Morning Update on TV XYZ Monday.

Jean Mensa, EC Boss.

His comment comes after the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) has kicked against some of the new reforms of the Electoral Commission (EC).

The Inter-Party Advisory Committee (IPAC), after a two-day IPAC assessment workshop held on 18th and 19th May 2021 by the EC about the 2020 polls, agreed on the implementation of 16 reforms to govern future elections.

The NDC boycotted the workshop on the basis that the EC Boss, Jean Mensa, was not fair and transparent during the 2020 polls.

One of the reforms the NDC has rejected outrightly  is the decision of the EC to close the 2024 polls at 3 PM instead of 5 PM which has been the norm since 1992.

“Some other proposals that I found difficult to agree with was closing polls at 3pm…I thought it was unthinkable,” Prof Gyampo said.

He said the closing of polls at 5PM has been in existence from 1992 till now adding that it ought to be maintained because there are challenges in starting polls on time in some areas because of the difficulty in sending electoral materials on time.

“No Electoral Commissioner has been able to deal with these challenges,” he said  and noted that  sometimes polls start as late as 11 am rubbishing the suggestion of the EC.

He said if electoral materials arrive late and polls are to close at 3 PM, “there will be stampede in that area.”



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