Dr Afari-Gyan chaired the conduction of presidential and parliamentary elections in 1996, 2000, 2004, 2008 and 2012 and was part of the commission that conducted the 1992 elections, as a deputy commissioner.
Former General Secretary of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Dan Kwaku Botwe has scored the outgoing Chairman of the Electoral Commission (EC), Dr. Kwadwo Afari Gyan 80% on his performance.
Dr Afari-Gyan chaired the conduction of presidential and parliamentary elections in 1996, 2000, 2004, 2008 and 2012 and was part of the commission that conducted the 1992 elections, as a deputy commissioner. His tenure elapsed this year having served in that capacity for nearly 22 years.
Dan Botwe believes that the former EC boss who turns 70 years today has done exceptionally well.
“I have worked with him [Dr Afari-Gyan] very closely since 1996 and he is very objective and very difficult to influence, he cannot also be pushed around by any political party. I congratulate him for his performance; he is a shining star of Africa and well respected but I was disappointed and still disagreed with him over his definition for over voting at the Supreme Court during the 2012 presidential elections” he stated.
Adding: “I can’t tell why a section of the public has lost confidence in him, because election results are partisan and you don’t expect everyone to be happy about Dr. Gyan’s declaration. People cannot crucify him because of few things that went wrong during the 2012 general elections; because some of the electoral officers that supervised the elections were not staffs of EC and because he is the Chair people are putting all the blame on him” the Okere lawmaker stressed.
Dan Botwe has urged President John Mahama and members of the Council of State to select a suitable replacement for the outgoing EC boss.