President Akufo-Addo swears in Jean Mensah and deputies as EC commissioners
| Updated Aug 02, 2018 at 6:50am
President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo on Wednesday swore-into office the new Commissioner for the Electoral Commission, Mrs. Jean Adukwei Mensah and her two deputies, Samuel Tetteh, and Dr. Eric Bossman Asare, as well as Ms Adwoa Asuma Abrefi, a member of the Commission.
This follows the removal from office by the President on Thursday, 28th June, 2018, the then Chairperson of the Electoral Commission, Mrs. Charlotte Osei, together with her two deputies, Amadu Sulley and Mrs. Georgina Opoku Amankwah, on grounds of stated misconduct and incompetence, as found by the Committee set up by the Chief Justice to investigate petitions levelled against them.
President Akufo-Addo speaking at the swearing-in ceremony at the Jubilee House in Accra, reminded the EC Chairperson and her two deputies that, they had come to office at a time when there was considerable national anxiety about the work of the Commission.
In other allay the public's uneasiness and restore confidence in the Commission's work, it was exigent that the Commissioner and her deputies reassured the citizens, by the quality of their work, that the democratic system of government they have chosen for their governance would be properly nurtured by an electoral system that allowed their voice to be plainly and loudly heard.
The President stressed on the importance of credible elections, stating that, the count, the collate and the declaration of results “cannot and should not be more important than the sacred, God-given right of a citizen casting his or her ballot.”
“I have said it before, and I will repeat it. Elections are about those who cast the vote, not those who count, not those who supervise, not those who transmit, and not those who declare. The heart of the democratic process is giving effect to the choices made by those who cast the vote,” he stressed.
It was the expectation of the President that the new EC Chairperson, the two deputies, and the Member of the Electoral Commission, would bring integrity, professionalism, and independence and fairness of mind to the discharge of their duties.
The President impressed on them to be guided by the events of the past year, saying, “Remember that, now more than ever, every single decision you take will be scrutinized to the letter.”
“That, however, should not scare you, and, indeed, let no one try to cow you into submission. On the contrary, let this expectation of the Ghanaian people spur you on to great heights, and, above all, work so that the will of the Ghanaian people is upheld,” he said.
The President told the Chairperson that he had forwarded to the Commission the recommendations of the Report from the Brobbey Commission of Inquiry, on the creation of new regions to her office as she begins work.
The recommendations of the report enjoins the Commission to organise referenda in the six areas of the demand for the creation of new regions, which would guide the conduct of the 2020 elections.
Mrs. Mensah expressed appreciation for the honour done her and her colleagues to serve the nation, and pledged they would discharge tier duties to the best of their abilities.