IMANI’s petition: Cooperate with CHRAJ; provide all the evidence you have – EC told

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A member of the communications team of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Awal Mohammed, has urged the Electoral Commission (EC) to present all the evidence that it has to the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CRAHJ) to defend itself against the petition filed by policy think tank IMANI Africa.

Awal Mohammed also asked CHRAJ to expedite the investigations into this petition. He said it would not serve the interest of the public if this matter is delayed.

“It is good that CHARJ has been petitioned, I expect CHRAJ to deal with this quickly so we can get the report, it will not really serve the public interest if it is delayed so they should deal with it quickly.

“CHRAJ is clothed with the necessary laws to deal with the issue, I will urge the EC to comply and respond, the EC can just go and defend themselves,” he said on the New Day on TV3 Tuesday, May 7.

IMANI Africa has petitioned the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ) to investigate the conduct of the Electoral Commission (EC) in the disposal of election-related materials.

Founding President of IMANI Africa, Franklin Cudjoe said in a statement that the commission’s conduct in the ‘premature retirement’ and eventual disposal of tens of thousands of laptops, digital cameras, printers, scanners, and fingerprint verifiers, has been motivated by a conflict between its duties under various laws to judiciously apply the resources of the country for the good of the citizenry, on the one hand, and its tendency to take decisions favourable to various commercial vendors and transactors, on the other hand.

He indicated that they believed such conduct amounted to “misappropriation”, “wastage”, and “misuse” of said resources, adding “At a time when the nation cannot service its debts and is in the midst of a tight IMF-supervised fiscal regime, such egregious conduct cannot be tolerated.”

“Furthermore, we stated our belief that the EC’s most recent conduct has been necessitated by a need to curtail transparency and accountability, and thus was motivated by a collective conflict of interest and potential corruption. By its actions, it is attempting to erase inventory records and physical evidence of the blatant falsehoods it has told over the last four years regarding the purchase history of expensive electoral equipment.”

 

 

“We asserted our longstanding claim that the EC’s electoral equipment is a portfolio of multiple items, bought and refurbished at different intervals between 2011 and 2019. That portfolio does not uniformly date to 2011 or 2012 as the EC has falsely and persistently claimed, and could thus not be so uniformly obsolete as to warrant a firesale to mysterious bidders, who have kept the prime portions for themselves and discarded the rest to be used as scrap. Ghana cannot continue to be milked in this fashion,” he further stated.

Franklin Cudjoe added that some of the devices cost more than $3000 each, and together are worth tens of millions of dollars.

“At worst, they should have been donated to other government agencies that routinely buy similar machines at great cost to the state or transparently sold through a properly regulated public tender under the strict rules of the Public Procurement Act to ensure strict value for money,” he added.

 

 

He further stated “We do not believe that the EC and its commercial counterparties in these transactions complied with the highest standards of data handling and protection required in the transfer and/or disposal of such sensitive equipment. At any rate, none of them had the requisite certifications to be trusted with such a task.”