Presidents shouldn’t be allowed to appoint EC Chair – PPP Flagbearer



The flagbearer of the Progressive People’s Party (PPP), Brigitte Dzogbenuku, has opposed the old system used in selecting Electoral Commission leaders in the country.

According to Dzogbenuku, a sitting president shouldn’t be given the right to select the head of the country’s election management body.

She is of the view that in order to be transparent and for accountability, there is the need for a new system for the selection of EC chairpersons.

“Non-transparency of the EC is a fundamental thing we need to deal with especially with rumours that it is in bed with a political party. This should teach us that the constitution needs to be reviewed so that no EC [official] is appointed by any government in power. It should be a process that will be trusted by every Ghanaian.”

“Four years ago, it was an appointee of the NDC, and there were issues with trust. Now it is one of the NPP, and there are issues with trust. Maybe we should go with a parliamentary process where people are selected and vetted”, she added.


The PPP flag-bearer made these remarks when she paid a courtesy call on the Asantehene, Otumfuo Nana Osei Tutu II at the Manhyia Palace as part of her campaign tour of the Ashanti Region.

She further admonished Ghanaians to trust the EC to conduct a credible electoral process “for the peace of this country.”

“Let’s trust the process, go ahead with it, and believe that the best will come out of it. If it does not happen, we will learn from it.”

The PPP flagbearer is in the Ashanti Region on a campaign tour as part of the party’s preparations for the election.

The Asantehene  Otumfuo Osei Tutu II in his response, commended Dzogbenuku for her boldness to lead the PPP, and also spoke about the positive role women can play in Ghana’s politics and governance.

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