General News of Wednesday, 24 October 2012

Source: Tony Annang

Afari Gyan's EC should be above suspicion- Kufuor

Former President John Agyekum Kufuor has emphasized the need for the Electoral Commission to remain above public suspicion.

The ex-President also reminded the electoral body it would in future give an account of its service to Ghanaians and must be guided by it.

Ex- President Kufuor’s comments come in the wake of bribery allegations and court cases that have bedevilled the Electoral Commission in the past few days.

He was speaking to journalists when the only Independent Presidential candidate for the 2012 elections, Joseph Osei Yeboah, paid a courtesy call on him at his residence on Wednesday.

He said: “I don’t want to work on allegations, but I seriously would plead with the people entrusted with the unique position of the Electoral Commission under the Constitution of Ghana. They are not unaccountable. In due course, the Electoral Commission will know whether they served the country as the Constitution intended it to serve the people.”

“If any person is entrusted with this very high position to help give government to the people and they begin to play hanky-panky or work to bias anything, if they don’t account for it today, they will account for it tomorrow. I am concerned that the right thing should be done,” he added.

The Independent Presidential candidate, Yeboah, on his part stated that the recent allegations of plots to destabilise the nation by political parties show that Ghanaians ought to vote for an independent contender.

“The secret tapes that are coming out, everything is pointing to the fact that Ghanaians ought to be more discerning and know that if we decide to go the Ivory Coast way, either we want to vote for party A or party B, especially the two leading parties, we are going to destroy ourselves,” he stated.

Mr. Yeboah added that “the leaked tapes are actually the clandestine activities going on behind the scenes that most of us do not know. And some of us in our position knew that these were some of the activities and as part of the motivation that I decided to come out as an independent candidate.”