Friday, 24 May

EC: Independent institutions not autocratic institutions – Lawyer

Lawyer Andrew Appiah Dankwa

 Accra-based legal practitioner Mr Andrew Appiah Dankwa has reminded independent institutions not to act autocratically but rather ensure the protection of citizens' rights.

He expressed concern over the Electoral Commission (EC), led by Madam Jean Mensa, regarding their approach to the limited voter registration exercise which seems to be on the course of disenfranchising potential voters in the 2024 general elections.

Mr Appiah Dankwa pointed out that independent institutions around the world exist to uphold and safeguard the rights of the people they serve. 

He criticised the EC's stance on the limited registration exercise, describing it as problematic.

He highlighted the numerous challenges facing the registration process while criticising the EC's unwavering insistence on its independence as a state institution.

Speaking on Accra FM’s morning show, he stressed that independent institutions are meant to act in the best interests of the people they serve. 

In the context of the limited registration exercise, Mr Appiah Dankwa argued that the EC should prioritise upholding the rights of potential voters who have reached the age of 18. 

He criticised the EC's attitude of "my way or the highway," seeing it as a disregard for the citizens' rights.

Mr Appiah Dankwa emphasised that it is the responsibility of the EC to operate within the boundaries set by the Constitution and ensure the protection of citizens' rights rather than disregarding them. 

He further pointed out that the ongoing exercise has not been well-received by the public, but the EC seems determined to proceed with its own approach.

Source: Mensah