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General News of Wednesday, 29 June 2016


PNC urges EC to sue Kennedy Agyapong

The People’s National Convention (PNC) has urged the Electoral Commissioner, Charlotte Osei to institute legal action against the Member of Parliament for the Assin North Constituency over the claim that she exchanged sex for the position.

National Chairman of PNC, Bernard Mornah, said the comment of the controversial New Patriotic Party (NPP) MP does not only amount to a demonisation of the Commission but also cast a slur on the reputation of the Chairperson.

“If there are legal issues, I will advise Madam Charlotte Osei to go to court so that Kennedy Agyapong will be able to prove the case she possibly exchanged sex for her position and who she exchanged that with,” he said.

Kennedy Agyapong is widely quoted as making a disparaging comment about the Chairperson of the Electoral Commission, Charlotte Osei.

According to the claim, the NPP MP, who is known for his not-budging stance on issues, told supporters of the party at Asokwa, a suburb of Kumasi in the Ashanti Region that the EC boss offered sex in exchange for the EC job.

This outburst of Mr Agyapong has triggered wide criticisms from right movements and some opposition political parties who have expressed their disappointment in the MP.

PNC condemned the attack on the EC chair describing it as needless especially from a member of Ghana’s legislator.

Bernard Mornah said the PNC believes in the “efficacy of women” in the country to be deserving of whatever position they occupy.

“We are a party that believes that women have what it takes to lead their respective portfolios and we do not think women will necessarily have to offer themselves in exchange for positions,” he said.

He averred on her own merit, the EC boss is qualified to be the Chairperson of the Electoral Commission.

Substantiating his position, the PNC National Chairperson said: “For those of us who have attended IPAC I am not sure that we have had difficulties with the way she has chaired operations at IPAC.”

Chairman of the Progressive People’s Party (PPP), Dr Nii Allotey Brew-Hammond, has called on Ghanaians not to treat the issue as trivial.

“We should not be disregarding statements like that coming from Member of our legislature,” he said, noting, “Parliament ought to ensure that its representatives whether in Parliament or outside comport themselves in the manner that will befit Ghana’s legislature.”

“I don’t believe that this particular comment has inured to the goodwill of the people of Ghana and for that matter, Parliament should look and discipline its own,” he added.