Electoral Commission of Ghana

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Electoral Commission of Ghana
government agency
Year dem found am1993 Edit
CountryGhana Edit
Edey de administrative territorial entity insydNorth Ridge Edit
Dey apply to jurisdictionGhana Edit
Parent organizationGovernment of Ghana Edit
Demma headquarters locationAccra Edit
Dema official websitehttps://www.ec.gov.gh Edit

De Electoral Commission of Ghana (EC), be de official body for Ghana insyd wey be responsible for every public elections. E get seven committee members wey dey make up de complete committee. Ebe de 1992 Ghana constitution wey guarantee ein independence.[1] De Electoral Commission Act (Act 451) of 1993 wey establish de current commission.[2] Kwadwo Afari-Gyan wey chop de first substantive chairman give de commission from 1993 to 2015.[3][4] Charlotte Osei wey chop de first female chairperson give de commission wey succeed am.[5] For 5th December 2018, Jean Adukwei Mensah wey be de Electoral commission chairperson wey revert de old logo wey dey show Ghana ein Coat of arms[6] den ballot wey dey show de hand wey e dey cast votes, after de fresh logo bring sam controversy.[7][8][9]

Rydis, Ghana get 33,367 polling stations, 38,622 voting stations, 27 political parties den 17,027,641 registered voters.[10]

Members[edit | edit source]

OFFICE NAME TERM
Chairman Jean Adukwei Mensa[11] August 2018 – present
Deputy Chairman Eric Asare Bossman[11] August 2018 – present
Deputy Chairman Samuel Tettey[11] August 2018 – present
Member Mrs. Paulina Adobea Dadzawa[12] February 2004 – present
Member Salima Ahmed Tijani[13] March 2023 – present[14]
Member Peter Appiahene (PhD)[13] March 2023 – present[14]
Member Rev Akua Ofori Boateng[13] March 2023 – present[14]
Member Adwoa Asuama Abrefa August 2018[15] – present
Past Chairman
Chairman Dr. Kwadwo Afari-Gyan 1993 – June 2015
Chairman Charlotte Osei June 2015 – June 2018[16]
Past Deputy Chairman
Deputy Chairman Kwame Afreh[17] 1992–1994
Deputy Chairman David Azey Adeenze-Kangah 1993 – April 2012[18]
Deputy Chairman Kwadwo Sarfo-Kantanka 1993 – April 2013[19]
Deputy Chairman Sulley Amadu[18] May 2012 – June 2018[16]
Deputy Chairman Georgina Opoku Amankwaa July 2013 – June 2018[16]
Past members
Member Dr M K Puni[20] ? – June 1995
Member Elizabeth Solomon[20] ? – February 2004
Member Theresa Cole[20] ? – February 2004
Member Ernest Dumor[20] ? – February 2004
Member Nana Amba Eyiiba I, Efutuhemaa February 2004 – 2010
Member Eunice Akweley Roberts February 2004 – 2010
Member Mrs. Paulina Adobea Dadzawa[12] February 2004 – 2018[21]
Member Ebenezer Aggrey Fynn[12] March 2004 – March 2023
Member Sa-Adatu Maida November 2010[22] – March 2023
Member Rebecca Kabukie Adjalo November 2010[22] – March 2023
Source:Electoral Commission of Ghana

International support[edit | edit source]

De claim say de commission receive successful support to de close of elections for 2008, make am focus of African den international election reform organizations.[23] For November 2009, dem hold conference make dem analyze dis election wey dem try establish fresh standards den practices give African election commissions[23] wey dem hold for Accra insyd wey dem title am Colloquium on African Elections: Best Practices and Cross-Sectorial Collaboration.[23] Number of international election reform organizations wey dem organize de conference wey dey include de National Democratic Institute, de Africa Center for Strategic Studies, de International Foundation for Electoral Systems, de Netherlands Institute for Multiparty Democracy, de Open Society Initiative for West Africa den UNDP.[23]

Elections[edit | edit source]

De Electoral Commission of Ghana establish biometric system of registration give de electoral register prior to de 2012 presidential den parliamentary elections so say e go prevent double registration den eliminate ghost names for de old register insyd.[24][25] For preparation towards de 2020 elections, dem link 257 for de 260 offices all ova de country for de internet top. MTN wey dem chop de bid make dem provide de internet network den Persol Systems, de bid make dem build de Data Center.[26] Two weeks before de 2020 elections, de commission indicate say e put in place resources so say e go ensure say dem go do de results den declaration of winners, within 24 hours if dem vote fini.[27]

Preceding Institutions[edit | edit source]

Dem interrupt de lives of Electoral Commissions prior to de Fourth Republic of Ghana secof military coups. At de tym of de UNIGOV referendum for 1976 insyd, de Supreme Military Council under Ignatius Kutu Acheampong appoint Justice Isaac K. Abban.[28] For 1979 insyd, na Justice Joseph Kingsley-Nyinah be de Electoral Commissioner during de general election. For de Ghanaian presidential election den parliamentary election insyd 1992, na de Electoral Commissioner be Justice Josiah Ofori Boateng.

Reform[edit | edit source]

For May 2021 insyd, de EC agree for sum proposals make dem reform de conduct of elections for de country insyd lyk conduction of voter registration exercises all year round, exhibitions, filing of nominations den special voting.[29] De E.C dey seek make e change de presidential den parliamentary elections from December 7 go November 7. Dis fall under reforms dem yet to implement.[30]

SAM LIST OF ELECTORAL REFORM ITEMS

A. SOME RECOMMENDATIONS WEY DE COMMISION ADOPT DEN IMPLEMENT

1.Institutionalization of IPAC.

2.Define de Term “Ordinary Resident”.

3.Dem extend de period of notice for de Voter Registration Exercise from 14 go 21 days.

4.Dem use BVD for Exhibition of de Provisional Register.

5.Dem Implement continuous voter registration.

B. REFORMS WEY DEM PARTIALLY IMPLEMENT.

5. Continuous Voter Registration- Regulation 9(1&2) of C.I 91.

6.Dem expand demma list of Special Voters to include Media Personnel plus Election Observers.

C. REFORMS WEY DEM DEY CAM IMPLEMENT.

7. Hold presidential den parliamentary elections for 7th November.

8. Electoral Commission go publish insyd de gazette all polling stations

dema Codes den dema locations not later dan 42 days before election.

D. REFORM RECOMMENDATIONS OUTSIDE DE AMBIT OF DE COMMISSION

9. Shorten de period for de determination of presidential election petition.

10.Spell out de grounds for invalidating de election of presido.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. "ESTABLISHMENT OF ELECTORAL COMMISSION". Electoral Commission of Ghana. Retrieved 20 October 2008.
  2. "Act Establishing The EC". Electoral Commission of Ghana Official Website. Electoral Commission of Ghana. Retrieved 29 June 2015.
  3. "Who Will Be The Next Chairman of the Electoral Commission". modernghana.com. Retrieved 4 July 2017.
  4. "Afari-Gyan Created 35 Constituencies and Parliamentary Seats with Just 4 Months to Election 2012". Modern Ghana. Retrieved 11 January 2020.
  5. Ankiilu, Masahudu (26 June 2015). "Ghana Gets First Woman EC Boss". African Eye Report. Retrieved 7 March 2021.
  6. "Ghana's Electoral Commission reverts to using its original logo". www.pulse.com.gh. 5 December 2018. Retrieved 25 May 2020.
  7. "EC reverts to 'original' logo". www.myjoyonline.com. Retrieved 5 December 2018.
  8. "Coalition urges EC to engage 'opposers' of new voters' register". www.myjoyonline.com. Retrieved 11 January 2020.
  9. ""Change of EC logo cost GH₵16,000"". Graphic Online. Retrieved 7 March 2021.
  10. "Electoral Commission – Transparency, Fairness, Integrity". ec.gov.gh. Retrieved 17 October 2023.
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 "Profiles of 4 nominated EC top officials". citinewsroom.com. Jonas Nyabor/citinewsroom.com/Ghana. 23 July 2018. Retrieved 23 July 2018.
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 "Three new members of EC sworn into office". Politics of Friday, 5 March 2004. Ghana Home Page. Retrieved 31 October 2009.
  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 "Akufo-Addo swears in three new Electoral Commissioners". GhanaWeb. 21 March 2023. Retrieved 28 September 2023.
  14. 14.0 14.1 14.2 "Meet the 3 new commissioners of the EC". GhanaWeb. 22 March 2023. Retrieved 28 September 2023.
  15. "Akufo-Addo swears in Jean Mensa, 3 other electoral commissioners". GhanaWeb. 1 August 2018. Retrieved 19 October 2018.
  16. 16.0 16.1 16.2 "Akufo-Addo sacks Charlotte Osei, two deputies". ghanaweb.com. AfricaWeb Publishing B.V. Retrieved 30 June 2018.
  17. "President Kufuor mourns Justice Afreh". ghanaweb.com. Ghana Web. 19 March 2004. Retrieved 31 January 2020.
  18. 18.0 18.1 "Amadu Sulley sworn in as Deputy Electoral Commissioner". Ghanaweb. Ghana Home Page. 30 November 2001. Retrieved 29 June 2015.
  19. Frimpong, Enoch Darfah. "Kantanka retires from Electoral Commission". Graphic Online. Graphic Corporation. Retrieved 29 June 2015.
  20. 20.0 20.1 20.2 20.3 "The Commissioners". ModernGhana. ModernGhana.com. Retrieved 29 June 2015.
  21. Frimpong, Enoch Darfah. "EC left with only 3 commissioners; Akufo-Addo looking for 4 to replace". Graphic online.
  22. 22.0 22.1 "Changes at Electoral Commission: President appoints two". Ghanaweb. Ghana Home Page. Retrieved 29 June 2015.
  23. 23.0 23.1 23.2 23.3 "EXPERTS GATHER IN GHANA TO DEVELOP IMPROVED STANDARDS FOR AFRICAN ELECTIONS" (PDF) (Press release). National Democratic Institute. 9 November 2009. Archived from the original (PDF) on 16 June 2011.
  24. "Compilation of Biometric Register Begins March 24". General news. Ghana Home Page. Retrieved 14 February 2011.
  25. "IEA under Jean Mensa in 2014 advised EC against new voters' register in election year - Report". GhanaWeb. 11 January 2020. Retrieved 17 October 2023.
  26. "257 EC offices linked through fibre cables". Graphic Online. Retrieved 5 February 2020.
  27. "December 7 polls: Results in 24 hours – EC assures". Graphic Online. Retrieved 21 November 2020.
  28. "Ignatius Kutu Acheampong, Biography". www.ghanaweb.com. Retrieved 17 October 2023.
  29. Lartey, Nii Larte (20 May 2021). "EC to implement continuous voter registration". Citi Newsroom. Retrieved 20 May 2021.
  30. "Election Reforms – Electoral Commission". ec.gov.gh. Retrieved 16 August 2023.