Mrs Jean Mensa, the Chairperson of the Electoral Commission (EC), has assured of the Commission’s readiness to deliver free, fair and peaceful elections in December, saying, “We will not let you down.”
“We pledge that we will conduct ourselves in truth, with integrity and organise free, fair, credible, transparent and peaceful elections on December 07, 2020,” she said.
The EC Chairperson said this when she announced the list of presidential candidates who had met the requirements to contest the December 07, 2020 General Election.
“We will not let you down. On your part, we charge you to uphold and defend the good name of Ghana and her institutions. So help us God.”
Mrs Mensa called on all political parties and stakeholders who had genuine concerns to raise them with the Commission, saying “once we are informed about the weaknesses and gaps in the process outlined, we will take immediate steps to address and close all the gaps and report same to the public in a transparent, open and accountable manner”.
“Until then, we entreat the naysayers to cease their onslaught of trying to discredit a thorough and credible electoral process and a Commission, which has been open and transparent in all its dealings.”
She said if for nothing at all, the current Commission had opened up all its processes to the public and removed the cloaks of secrecy that shrouded its activities and operations.
“We have laid bare our processes for all to see. Today, the number of persons who registered by district, region as well as sex and age, is known to any interested citizen. It is no longer a secret,” Mrs Mensa stated.
She said challenges encountered during the exhibition exercise were discussed openly by the Commission, solved in a timely manner and reported promptly.
The EC Boss noted that constituencies such as Ashaiman, which had some gaps in data, had all their issues resolved.
“Our doors remain open. We assure our stakeholders that we are receptive to constructive feedback and advice. Indeed, the feedback and advice from well-meaning Ghanaians have helped enrich our work and enabled us to serve you better.”
Mrs Mensa wished all the candidates the best of luck in their bid to ascend the high office of the Presidency.
“We urge you all to engage in a decent campaign – a campaign based on policies and programmes that will lead to the betterment of our society,” she said.
“As referees, our role is to arrange and organise orderly, fair, transparent, peaceful and credible election. We assure you that we are working to do just that.”
“We do not have the power to determine who wins the elections. It is not in our power or control to determine the outcome of the election, and that power lies with the good people of the country,” Mrs Mensa added.
“The citizens alone can determine who should lead them, not the EC. “It is the candidate who is given power to lead this country by the citizens, who will be declared President of the Republic of Ghana by the Electoral Commission come, the 7th of December, 2020.”
She said the Commission had institutionalised a fair, open, transparent and accountable process to guide the declaration of the results.
“To the aspiring Presidential Candidates who did not make this process, we wish you better luck next time. Your filing fees of GH¢100, 000 will be refunded to you,” Mrs Mensa noted.