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General News of Wednesday, 24 February 2016

Source: Daily Guide Network

EC is scheming to impose Mahama – Methodist Bishop

Superintendent Minister of the Dzorwulu Circuit of the Methodist Church of Ghana, Rt. Rev Stephen Richard Bosomtwe-Ayensu, says the posture of the Chairperson of the Electoral Commission (EC), Charlotte Osei and her team, has convinced him that there is a scheme to impose President John Mahama on Ghanaians after the November 7 polls.

Rt. Rev Stephen Richard Bosomtwe-Ayensu underscored the need for the electorate to choose their leaders, as that is the guiding principle of every democracy.

His comments follow the setting up of the controversial Steering Committee by the EC to manage the general election later this year.

Bishop Ayensu said it is not illegal for the EC to set up such a committee ahead of the elections, but advised that the Commission must consult with the Inter-Party Advisory Committee (IPAC) and other stakeholders.

“The EC chair cannot appoint the president for the people but the people must rather choose their leader.….” he said.

Bishop Bosomtwe-Ayensu spoke with Adom Fm at the Annual Circuit Camp Meeting of the Dzorwulu Circuit held under the theme, “One Thing I Know,” in Accra on Sunday.

“The current posture of the EC seems to portray that the Commission wants to impose the sitting President on us,” he emphasised.

The outspoken Bishop warned the EC to desist from any scheme to favour President Mahama in the elections.

He urged the EC to be more transparent and accountable to the people to quell suspicion among other stakeholders of the November polls. He noted that transparency by the EC would ensure peace and stability in the country.

In a related development, a former chief director of the EC, Kwame Damoah Agyemang, has expressed concern about the attitude of the EC boss towards the November polls.

Mr Agyemang believes that the actions and inactions of Ms Charlotte Osei clearly demonstrate that she is not in firm control of her job.

The former EC chief director opined that some hidden hands somewhere were manipulating the Commission’s boss.

“From the look of things, I don’t think she is in firm control. Look at the recent public forum she set up which was chaired by Justice Crabbe to solicit for the views of people as far as the call for a new voter register was concerned.

“Why is it that when the Committee was meeting the stakeholders, you the same Chairperson had to go there and state your case? You have already stated your position so what happens to the solicited views when they are presented to you? It clearly shows that her neutrality is missing,” Mr. Agyemang told Fiifi Banson on Kasapa FM on Monday.

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