Ghana’s former Ambassador to the United Kingdom under the erstwhile NDC administration, Victor Smith has alleged that there is division among the seven commissioners of the Electoral Commission over the commission’s decision to lay C.I 126 before parliament.
According to the NDC stalwart, some members of the commission vehemently opposed the C. I. 126 over some ‘unreasonable’ provisions in the Instrument that has now been passed into law.
According to Ambassador Victor Smith, chairperson of the Electoral Commission, Jean Mensa overruled the objections by a number of the commissioners and proceeded to instruct that the CI be laid before the legislative arm of government.
“There is commission of 7 commissioners. The Electoral Commission was set up by law. 7 commissioners to take decisions for our Electoral processes. So one person or two or three of them cannot take decisions and make it binding on all of them. I know the information I have. That decision to put C. I 126 before parliament was taken by few people. Some of the commissioners were not [part of the decision]. It was not a commission’s decision,” Victor Smith said in an interview on Accra based Adom TV and monitored by ABC News.
He continued, “I put it to the chairperson that the decision to take the C. I to parliament was not taken by all of them. But it was wrong, if that is the case. That is all I will say for now.”
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