Kennedy Nyarko Osei, Member of Parliament for Akim Swedru, has recommended the dissolution of the Inter-Party Advisory Committee (IPAC) to be replaced with the newly established Eminent Advisory Committee, ABC News can report.
According to the MP, unlike IPAC, the Eminent Advisory Committee chaired by a former Commissioner of the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ), Justice Emile Short, is non-partisan and would, therefore, help to ensure the fairness and transparency expected of the Electoral Commission (EC).
IPAC, which the MP wants to be replaced, is a consultative forum where the EC engages and seeks the views of political parties on election-related issues in the country in the spirit of transparency and inclusiveness.
To enhance engagement and interactions between the EC and various stakeholders, particularly the public, as part of processes and activities, leading to the 2020 general elections, the EC on Tuesday, December 03 unveiled the Eminent Advisory Committee.
Deputising the Committee’s chairman is a former President of the Ghana Journalists Association (GJA), Gifty Affenyi-Dadzie as the deputy chairperson.
The other members are Most Rev. Prof. Emmanuel Asante, Chairman of the National Peace Council; Sheikh Osman Nuhu Sharubutu, National Chief Imam; Maulvi Mohammed Bin Salih, Ameer of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community; Rt. Rev Paul Kwabena Boafo, Presiding Bishop of the Methodist Church, Ghana; Nana Ato Dadzie, a former Chief of Staff and Archbishop Nicholas Duncan-Williams, President of the National Charismatic Christian Churches.
Also, serving on the Special Committee are Rev Dr. Cyril G.K. Fayose, General Secretary of the Christian Council of Ghana; Tony Forson, President of the Ghana Bar Association; Rev. Dr. Paul Frimpong-Manso, Head of the Pentecostal Council; Most Rev. Prof. Emmanuel Martey, a former Moderator of the Presbyterian Church of Ghana; Dr. Rose Mensah-Kutin, a Gender Advocate and Roland Affail Monney, President of the GJA.
The rest are Nana Kobina Nketia V, Omanhene of the Essikado Traditional Area; Eric Oduro Osae, advocate for decentralisation and democratic development in Ghana, Rev. Ekua Buabema Ofori-Boateng, Managing Director of ILF Consulting Engineers; Sam Okudzeto, a Member of the Council of State; Rev. Dr. Kwabena Opuni-Frimpong, a former General Secretary of the Christian Council of Ghana and Dr. Yaw Baah, General Secretary of the Trades Union Congress.
In a Facebook post, Wednesday, Nyarko Osei observed that the 21-member committee is made up of reputable personalities whose experiences are just what the EC needs to be more efficient and effective.
The member of the Judiciary Committee of Parliament is, therefore, pushing for the enactment of an Act to back the work of the Eminent Advisory Committee.
“Now that EC has established an Eminent Advisory Committee I think it’s time for them to dissolve this IPAC and rather push for a legal backing for the Eminent Advisory Committee since they are respectable personalities and non-partisans and will rather help the EC to more efficient, effective and fairer to all the political parties in reforming the institution and to be more transparent in their activities,” the Facebook post read.