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June 5, 2020

2020 election: Minority wants Jean Mensah hauled to Parliament

The Member of Parliament for Adaklu has made a request to Speaker Mike Oquaye to direct the Electoral Commissioner (EC), Jean Mensah, to appear before the House to respond to pertinent questions on the 2020 general elections.

He noted that there is tons of information circulating in the public domain seven months to the election about the EC’s activities that need to be clarified.

According to him, Jean Mensah needs to be invited to the House to explain the Commission’s programmes to Members of Parliament.

Kwame Governs Agbodza made the request on Friday 22nd May 2020 during the presentation of next week’s business statement.

The affairs of the EC, he said, have become very topical that people are attributing all sorts of things to it.

He said, “We are going into an election in a few months and we hear all sorts of things about what the EC is doing or not doing.”

“It is important the EC chair is brought to this House to update Members of Parliament exactly on what she or the Commission is doing to ensure free and fair elections in December.”

“Election in this country is a big issue.”

According to him, Madam Charlotte Osei was invited to Parliament in the run-up to the 2016 election during which MPs had the opportunity to ask questions and elicit responses.

“Anything short of this would be an act of preventing MPs, the people’s representatives the opportunity to interact with the EC so we can report back to our constituents to prepare adequately for the elections,” he stated.

Minority leader Haruna Iddrisu who has consistently advocated for Madam Jean Mensah to appear before the House since the beginning of the year supported the call.

According to him, Parliament needs to interrogate the budget of the EC, in addition to its procurement issues among other related matters.

“We need to get an understanding of how they intend to drag the country along while carrying its mandate under the Constitution in preparation for the 2020 general elections,” he said.

Responding to the request, Majority leader Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu, indicated he has communicated with the Commission and is awaiting their response.

By Uthman A. Marani/Frontpageghana.com/Ghana

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