Veteran Ghanaian journalist and the managing editor at the Insight newspaper, Kwesi Pratt says claims of the Electoral Commission(EC) being independent so they can do what they so please gets him sick.
According to him, there is no Institution in Ghana which is not subjected to the sovereign will of the people in the country.
His comments comes on the back of the numerous anomalies detected in the voters’ register during the voters register exhibition exercise and the printing of voters ID Cards at the Electoral Commission’s Headquarters without the knowledge of the political parties.
“I get really sick when we are told that the Constitution says the Electoral Commission is an independent body so they can do as they please. They cannot do as they please. They’ve been employed and are paid for by the Ghanaian taxpayer to do what the people of Ghana want. We’ve have not surrendered our sovereignty to the Electoral Commission. Indeed there is no institution in Ghana which is not subjected to sovereign will of the people. Not the Presidency, not the Judiciary, not parliament, no institution in Ghana is above the sovereign will of the people.”
He indicated that it’s high time the Electoral Commission throws away the perception that they are super independent and cannot be subjected to scrutiny.
“It’s important for the electoral commission to understand this very very clearly and throw away this notion of super independence above everyone else. They cannot play God, it’s not God. The electoral Commission is a human institution created by the people of Ghana in their constitution to do what the people of Ghana want.”
The veteran Journalist was shocked that regardless of the anomalies, the political parties in the country are divided when the anomalies detected could go in a long way to affect the sanity of the impending election.