The Director of Elections of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Elvis Afriyie Ankrah, says the party’s recent proposals of electoral reform are not borne out of pain from the 2020 general elections.
He said the proposals were meant to help shape the future of electoral processes in the country and make them better as has been done before.
Speaking on The Big Issue on Accra based Citi TV, Mr. Afriyie Ankrah said his party had observed that the Electoral Commission (EC) did not take resolutions from the Inter-Party Advisory Committee (IPAC) meetings seriously, hence, the decision to take the initiative to evaluate the entire electoral processes as major stakeholder.
“What we have observed in the past at IPAC is that, the decisions at IPAC are no longer taken seriously by the EC… The posturing of the EC has been that, they are backed by law and they can do whatever they want. We took a step back and realized that the IPAC that we knew is no longer the IPAC that we have.”
“Yes, the 2020 elections were a critical part, so many things went wrong, but we went beyond the 2020 elections and said how can we improve upon the entire electoral system and that is why we appointed technocrats to lead the process,” he said.
Mr. Afriyie Ankrah said among the 34 recommendations are some 14 recommendations already put forward by a 21-member Eminent Advisory Committee of the Electoral Commission constituted in 2019.
He indicated that the committee that produced the recommendations of the NDC looked at previous electoral reform documents of the EC, best practices from within and outside Africa and interviewed some senior officers of the Electoral Commission among others as part of its work.
“We as a party presented proposals to this committee and the committee looked at existing reports from the EC, international and domestic election reforms, international best practices, conducted interviews, examined data from various sources and out of this came these 34 proposals,” he noted.
According to Elvis Afriyie Ankrah, the NDC will press on with its engagements with various stakeholders on the proposals and is hopeful that they will be accepted and implemented to make elections better in Ghana.