Election 2020: We supervised historic, transparent, efficient and cost-effective poll – Jean Mensa

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The Chairperson of the Electoral Commission (EC), Jean Mensa, patted the Electoral Commission on its back for supervising a historic, transparent, efficient and cost-effective poll.

According to her, the fact that the comparative cost of the election was reduced by 41% which is equivalent to 90 million dollars makes the election exemplary within the West African sub-region.

Addressing the opening ceremony of the high-level ECOWAS parliamentary seminar on: “Two decades of democratic elections in ECOWAS member states: Achievements, challenges and the way forward”, in Winneba on Wednesday, October 13, 2021, Madam Mensa said the 2020 polls was also the first election in the Fourth Republic to be fully funded by the government, with no donor support.

“I humbly refer to Ghana’s 2020 elections as historic for the transparency, credibility, cost-effectiveness, high turnout and peaceful conduct that characterised them. So orderly, so methodical, so calm were the polls on 7th December, 2020 that BBC Africa could find no other way to describe our elections than ‘boring’,” she said.

Explaining further she said, the elections were historic because “we conducted all our electoral processes and elections at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, without the spread of the virus.”

“Notwithstanding inflation and price hikes and the fact that we incurred additional costs owing to the COVID-19 protocols we deployed throughout the election, we cut the cost per voter, from 13 dollars per head in 2016 to 7 dollars per head. Through a reduction in cost, we saved the government a formidable sum of $90 million.”

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Touching on the isolated cases of violence and loss of lives that characterized the polls, the EC boss charged the security agencies to make public the findings from the investigations conducted into the circumstances that led to the killing of seven persons and added that those recommendations will make elections in subsequent years better.

“Sadly, seven lives were lost, and though these did not occur at our polling stations or arise as a result of misconduct on our part, one life lost is one too many. We are hoping that our security agencies will share their findings and recommendations for future learning”.

SourceABC News

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