The Constitutional mandated body responsible for the conduct of Ghana’s elections thus; Electoral Commission says, they were not notified about Minority’s petition.
Mrs. Jean Mensa led Electoral Commission has issued a statement saying, their attention has been drawn to a statement by the Minority in Parliament, alleging a refusal of the Commission’s Chairperson to receive a petition from the Minority Caucus in Parliament.
According to them, they did not receive prior notice of the said presentation of the petition from the Minority Caucus.
“Indeed, the Electoral Commission later learnt that the Minority in Parliament delivered the said letter informing the Electoral Commission of its intended presentation scheduled for today Tuesday the 22nd of December at 10:08 this morning.”
“The letter gives the start time of the said presentation as 10:00am, giving the Commission no notice to receive the Minority Caucus given that the Chairperson and her senior team were not in the office.” The Commission said.
The Electoral Commission again said, It is important to state, the leadership of the Electoral Commission respects and holds dear Ghana’s institutions of State, a key one being the Parliament of Ghana. As such, had the Electoral Commission been properly notified of the said presentation, its leadership would have been present to receive the petition from the Minority in Parliament
On Tuesday, 22nd December, 2020, the Minority Members in Parliament led by its spokesperson Haruna Iddrisu have marched to the Headquarters of the Electoral Commission of Ghana to present a petition on the Techiman South Constituency’s Parliamentary seat irregularities.
On their way, a scuffle breaks out between them and the Ghana police as they defy blockade. According to Haruna Iddrisu they stood at the premises of the Electoral Commission at the North Ridge but nobody attended to them.
This he described as unlawful for the Ghana Police Service to prevent them on a peaceful march to present a petition to the Commission.
Unfortunately, they waited for hours but no officials from the Electoral Commission comes for the petition. Hon. Haruna Iddrisu read out a section of the petition to the Media and dispersed his colleagues MPs back to the Parliament House.
Below is the Commission’s press release.