The National Democratic Congress (NDC) has criticized the nomination of the Executive Director of the Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA), Jean Adukwei Mensah, as the new chairperson of the Electoral Commission.
General Secretary of the opposition party, Johnson Asiedu Nketia, affectionately called "General Mosquito", claims the Nana Addo-led New Patriotic Party (NPP) government, has appointed its own referee to conduct and rig the 2020 presidential and parliamentary polls in their favour.
President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, on Monday, announced Ms Jean Mensah's nomination in a press statement signed by the Chief of Staff, Hon Akosua Frema Osei-Opare.
"President Akufo-Addo is hopeful that the Council of State will discharge its constitutional duty expeditiously, to enable hint make these critical appointments to this very important institution of State," the statement added.
The coming on board of Mrs. Mensa comes in the wake of the controversial removal from office last month of the former EC boss, Charlotte Osei under the grounds of 'stated misbehavior and incompetence'.
Madam Charlotte Osei, was sacked together with her two deputies, Mr. Amadu Sulley and Mrs. Georgina Opoku Amankwah, by President Akufo-Addo, after the Committee established by the Chief Justice, Justice Sophia Akuffo, to investigate petitions brought against them, recommended their removal.
Commenting on the news of the nominations in an interview with Peacefmonline.com, the NDC Chief Scribe believed government is attempting to influence the 2020 General Elections in their favour by appointing individuals with links to the NPP to manage the EC.
"How can you appoint your own coach as referee to officiate a match against your opponent," Gen. Mosquito quizzed.
Scary & Lawless– NDC MPs
Meanwhile, some Minority members in Parliament have described the nominations as "scary" and "an act of lawlessness".