The flaws of EC is threatening the democratic fibre of the country—Mahama asserts
The Flagbearer of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), John Dramani Mahama has regretted that steps taken by the Electoral Commission (EC) is threatening the democratic fibre of the country.
According to him, the steps taken by EC was unacceptable and expose its incompetent nature.
Addressing the press in Accra today, Ex president Mahama stated that the present EC allegedly ignored cautions and suggestions made by the Inter-Party Advisory Committee (IPAC), a situation he said is bad for the country.
“Our party the National Democratic Congress and I have unflinching commitment to our democracy and we will do everything in our power to ensure it continues to be an anchor of this country, peace and stability.
“Let me also remind you that in the past few years, we have repeatedly drawn attention to a considerable number of unacceptable steps taken by the Electoral Commission as presently constituted,” he added.
Former President Mahama insisted that the act of EC had a potential to wreak the democratic architecture that ensured successful elections for the past years.
“These steps have the potential to wreak the democratic architecture that has seen the conduct of seven successful elections for the past twenty or more years. IPAC, a committee of representatives of all political parties, has assisted the EC to carry out its constitutional duty to the satisfaction of all,” he said.
The flagbearer explained that the past collaboration of EC and IPAC had enabled the EC to improve on its transparency, credibility and confidence building systems in electoral management.
“This is what also ensured the general acceptance of election results. Unfortunately, the EC as presently constituted has ignored valuable advice and consensus-building approach that has inured so well to the substance of multiparty democracy in our dear country,” he said.
Ex-President Mahama said the NDC would not leave any stone unturned and would work ensure that the EC pass through the right steps to conduct the 2020 elections.
BY JOYCELINE NATALLY CUDJOE