EC Divided; Charlotte Osei Confused - Dr. Baah

Political science lecturer at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Dr. Richard Amoako Baah, has said that tension is currently brewing at the Electoral Commission(EC) because the Commissioners are divided.

Dr. Richard Amoako explained that the current shake-up at the EC which saw acting Principal Director of Public Affairs Madam Sylvia Annor and acting Public Affairs Director, Christian Owusu Parry removed from the Communications Department of the EC is dangerous going into the November elections.

In his view, the EC should have maintained one of the two officers at the Communications Department to enable the new person who will be assigned learn from that person.

Speaking in an interview with Nyankonton Mu Nsem, Dr. Richard Amoako Baah posited that, the Commissioner Charlotte Osei is confused and under pressure at the Commission.

Dr. Amoako Baah said the Commissioner is being sabotaged by her 'senior commissioners' who have been with the Commission before she was appointed.

The EC in a statement signed by Samuel D. Boadu, Acting Director of Human Resource said Mr. Christian Owusu Parry, who was acting as director of public affairs and Madam Sylvia Annor, who was an officer in the PA department have been re-assigned.

Christian Owusu Parry now heads the administration department while Madam Sylvia Annor heads the Protocol Department. But Dr. Amoako Baah maintained the re-assignment worsens the woes of the EC, especially as Ghanaians demand answers over the contract between Superlocks Technologies Limited (STL) during the 2012 elections.

The EC has denied claims that it contracted the Israeli Company to transmit elections results in 2012 but a statement signed by the Interior Minister, Prosper Bani contradicted the EC's statement confirming that, STL was contracted to transmit the results.

Dr. Richard Amoako Baah was of the view that, the EC strategically re-assigned its public relations officers so it escapes from confirming or denying the role of STL.

The lecturer predicted that, if the issue surrounding the STL saga is not resolved before the elections, it will open the flood gate for confusion and rejection of the results by some political parties.