EC Boss exit Afari Gyan’s successor should have integrity – John Boadu

John Boadu has urged President Mahama to consult stakeholders before appointing Afari Gyan's successor.

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National Organizer of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP), John Boadu says an impartial, independent and a person with integrity should be the hallmark of the new Chairman for the Electoral Commission (EC).

According to him, given Ghana’s experience in the 2012 elections, a more neutral person accepted by all is needed to steer affairs at the EC ahead of the 2016 general elections.

The tenure of Dr. Kwadwo Afari Gyan elapses in June this year having served in that capacity for nearly 22 years.

Article 70 - clause 2 of the 1992 Constitution gives President John Mahama the mandate to appoint the Chairman, Deputy Chairmen and other members of the EC on the advice of the Council of State.

But opposition parties and civil society groups are calling for a broader consultation in the selection process.

In support, John Boadu on Asempa FM’s Ekosii Sen programme Monday, said it will be in the best interest of the country if consensus is built on this matter.

He noted that, the credibility of the EC over the years has been dented thus “we don’t need an overly partisan person to take over from Dr. Afari Gyan”.

“Everybody that believes that this country must move on must be interested in who becomes the next EC boss” he added.

John Boadu also urged the Council of States members to put the interest of the country first and appoint someone who has the interest of Ghanaians at heart.

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