President Nana Addo Akufo-Addo has charged the newly sworn-in members of the Electoral Commission (EC) not to be afraid of scrutiny.
He asked them to be diligent in the discharge of their duties as their decisions are going to be scrutinized now than ever before.
“That, however, should not scare you and, indeed, let no one try to cow you into submission,” the President urged.
“On the contrary, let this expectation of the Ghanaian people spur you onto great heights and above all the works of the will of the Ghanaian people is upheld.”
He added “I have always fought for and advocated for a credible electoral process in Ghana. In emphasizing the importance of the credibility of elections, it must be pointed out that the counting, collation and declaration of results cannot and should not be more important than the sacred God-given right of the citizen casting his or her ballot.
“I have said it before and I will repeat it, elections are about those who cast their vote, not those who count, not those who supervise, not those who transmit and not those who declare. The heart of the democratic process is giving effect to the choices made by those who cast the votes.”
Mr Akufo-Addo on Monday, March 20 swore in three new members of the Electoral Commission, Ghana (EC).
The three new members – Dr Peter Appiahene, Madam Salima Ahmed Tijani and Reverend Akua Ofori Boateng – were sworn in at a short ceremony at the Jubilee House.
Their appointment comes 21 months to the next major elections.
By Laud Nartey|3news.com|Ghana