Professor Stephen Adei, former Rector of the
Ghana Institute of Management and Public
Administration (GIMPA), has said failure on the
part of the Electoral Commission to project
neutrality in the conduct of its mandate,
especially with regards to the 2016 general
elections, can court trouble in the country.
“It is important that the actions or inactions of
the EC should not project its lack of neutrality,
as failure to implement measures to reduce
greatly the possibility of the elections being
rigged,” will bring “dire consequences in this
country,” he advised.
Professor Adei, who was delivering a lecture at
the All Nations University College during the
university’s Founders’ Day celebration in
Koforidua, indicated that: “It is a responsibility
of anybody in the EC, who loves Ghana, to do
what will ensure peace.
“Unless we put in place mechanisms to
guarantee that only genuine registered
Ghanaians vote, especially in the strongholds
of the major parties, we are courting trouble.”
According to the former GIMPA rector, though
having a perfect election will be a mirage,
there are some simple measures that the EC
could undertake to guarantee the integrity of
electoral processes in the November polls.
He implored the EC to consider proposals from
all quarters such as former First Lady Nana
Konadu Agyeman-Rawlings’ suggestion of going
fully electronic, a move, he said India was
willing to help out with.
Prof Adei also suggested the EC put in a
mechanism where results from every polling
station are put on a nationally verifiable
database and projected on a screen in the
regional centres for all to see.
He asserted that the technology to run credible
elections was available and inexpensive, adding
that even if the EC required additional four
billion Ghana cedis to ensure credibility, there
are Ghanaians and development partners
willing to contribute towards achieving that.
Lecturing on the topic: ‘Leadership and Nation
Building’, Prof Adei said the failure of the
government to implement the
recommendations of the Constitution Review
Committee is to blame for the current
pressure being brought to bear on the EC.
He reminded leaders of the country, including
leadership of the EC and political parties that
the ordinary Ghanaian citizen looked up to
them for positive leadership, and that they
should endeavour to make a positive
contribution towards nation-building.
Source : ghanaweb