The Electoral Commission has iterated its commitment to safeguarding the interest of the nation in all matters to ensure that its democratic credentials are sustained and improved, ABC News can report.
The EC indicated despite their unwavering desire to doing this, they are also open to engaging the public and stakeholders to exchange ideas and receive inputs that will better their work.
The comments by the EC follows some publications in the media which sought to suggest that the EC was focused on doing what they have set out to achieve irrespective of the views of stakeholders.
Expressing its disapproval of one such story, the EC, in a press release issued and signed by Silvia Annoh, the Acting Director of Public Affairs, noted that such inaccurate reportage negatively impacts the image of the institution and damages its reputation.
“The Electoral Commission has noted with concern an attempt to malign the reputation and integrity of the Commission and its members by a news story carried on ClassFMonline and published on Ghanaweb on Friday, 10th January 2020” the statement noted.
“The said story captioned, “The public can’t dictate to us, we’ll work our plan for a credible poll – EC”, seeks to create the impression that the Commission does not seek other views or opinion when taking critical decision. This is False.” The EC emphasised.
Providing evidence to dispute the alleged deliberate misinformation by the said media houses, the EC pointed out, “The visit by the Electoral Commission to various stakeholders last year is a clear indication of an institution that embraces divergent views and opinions.”
“The Commission will, however, not compromise its stance on matters that are not in the interest of the nation and in clear contravention of the principles of electoral justice to the detriment of electoral process and democracy” the statement stressed.
The controversy surrounding the decision by the EC to compile a new voters’ register ahead of the December 2020 elections has sharply divided the nation.
Whereas some political parties and a section of the public welcome the idea, the opposition NDC, and a host of other parties are vehemently against it.
Read the full release below;