WE understand that barring any last minute hitche(s), President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo will announce to Ghanaians Mrs Charlotte Osei’s successor this week.
IT is one very important announcement that Ghanaians are waiting for the President to make.
ALREADY we are hearing names including Professor Henrietta Mensa-Bonsu, Dr Emmanuel Akwetey, and others who, according to reports, are being considered by the President for that key post.
AND nothing bars President Akufo-Addo from appointing a new EC Chair and four deputies.
INDEED the President is empowered by the 1992 Constitution to appoint a new EC boss in the event that the seat is vacant.
BUT the question engraved on the lips of many Ghanaians is: would Ghanaians be satisfied with the President’s choice?
TODAY believes that it is on that basis that many Ghanaians called for a broader consultation on the subject.
AND by extension many well-meaning Ghanaians were expecting the President, in addition to the advice from the Council of State, to include views from civil society groups (CSOs), opposition political parties among others.
SO far we have not heard of any such broader consultation, though we stand to be corrected, if it has been done behind closed doors.
THE emphasis of involving these bodies in the appointment of the new EC Chair by the President is to bring about wide acceptability by Ghanaians.
WE all know the enormous responsibilities entrusted upon the shoulders of the EC Chair and the indispensable role such an institution of state plays in our democratic dispensation.
OUR humble appeal therefore to President Akufo-Addo is that whoever he appoints to be the Chairperson of the EC must be competent, have a track record to deliver without fear and favour and above such a person must always be guided by the interest of this country.