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New register: EC’s Eminent Advisory Committee lacks requisite knowledge – Asiedu Nketia

General Secretary of the opposition NDC, Johnson Asiedu Nketia has chastised the Electoral Commission for constituting a committee of eminent people to advise the EC without recourse to their expertise in the organization of elections and Information Technology.

According to Asiedu Nketia, members of the Electoral Commission’s Eminent Advisory Committee lack knowledge and expertise in elections, elections management and Information Technology which are the main thrust of the body that the committee seeks to advise.

The General Secretary of the largest opposition party on the basis of this insists the committee may not be up to task when it comes to dealing with real issues confronting the electoral processes in the country.

Speaking on Accra-based Adom TV on Monday, February 3, 2020, Asiedu Nketia cited what he referred to as misinformation of the recent IPAC proceedings in the media as manifestation that the Advisory Committee is not on top of issues.

He added that he cannot fathom why a committee of such nature can be constituted devoid of persons who have worked with the commission and have immense experience in electoral matters and IT.

Citing people who deserved to be on the committee, Asiedu Nketia mentioned that persons like the former Electoral Commissioners such as Justice VCRAC Crabbe, and Dr. Kwadwo Afari Gyan should not have been bypassed due to their level of expertise in elections.

“We even have a problem with the Committee of Eminent Advisors. There are better people in the country who are well versed on elections…. In this particular so-called group, none of them has any knowledge about elections. There is a challenge to even begin with, ” Johnson Asiedu Nketia opined.

He continued that “I think if the EC had considered these issues in constituting the committee, the IPAC meeting would have been fruitful.”

The Electoral Commission (EC), last year, inaugurated a 21-member Eminent Advisory Committee to enhance engagement and interactions between the Commission and the Ghanaian Society, as the nation prepares towards the 2020 General Election.

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