Prof. Attahiru Jega has commended the sterling performance of Dr. Kwadwo Afari-Gyan for holding the integrity of Ghana’s democracy and Africa.
Professor Attahiru Muhammadu Jega, Chairman of the Independent Electoral Commission of Nigeria (INEC), has described Ghana’s Electoral Commissioner, Dr. Kwadwo Afari-Gyan as a ‘shining example’ to Africa's Electoral Commissions.
In an interview on Adom FM's Dwaso Nsem, Prof. Attahitu Jega said, “Afari Gyan is a shining example of leadership for electoral management bodies…I have benefited enormously from his experience and wisdom and from his advice.”
“I have nothing but commendation for the leadership of Dr. Afari Gyan…,” adding that 'I would forever appreciate the support offered me and Nigeria’s INEC'.
President Goodluck Jonathan was defeated by Gen. Muhammadu Buhari, in the March 28 presidential election, a free and fair elections supervised by Prof. Attahiru Jega.
Buhari gained 2.7 million more votes than his rival, President Goodluck Jonathan and more than 25 percent of votes in 24 states, ruling out a run-off vote.
Leaders across the globe lauded Prof. Attahiru Jega for the successful conduct of the Presidential and National Assembly elections in Nigeria.
According to him, Dr. Afari Gyan whom he meets annually at meetings of Electoral Commissions in the Commonwealth countries was among the first persons he met for encouragement when he was appointed by President Jonathan in 2010.
Due to the enormous benefits he derived from various electoral commissions in Africa and Ghana’s EC in particular, Professor Jega however, called for a greater partnership to be built among Africa’s Election bodies.
Meanwhile, Dr. Ibn Chambas, head of the United Nations Office for West Africa (UNOWA), has urged President Mahama to stick to the dictates of the 1992 Constitution in appointing the next Chairperson of Ghana’s Electoral Commission.
Speaking to Citi FM, he said there was no need for a wider consultation in appointing the next EC boss since the constitution clearly stipulates the exact procedures on how to appoint a successor to Afari Gyan.