By: Bright Ntramah
Three new members of the Electoral Commission (EC) have been sworn into office by President Akufo-Addo. They are Salima Ahmed Tijani, Rev. Akua Buabema Ofori Boateng and Dr. Peter Appiahene.
The President urged members of the EC not to allow any individual or political party to cow them into submission.
He however reminded the Commission, that any decision taken in the run up to next year’s elections, will be scrutinized by the parties and called on the members not to be scared.
The new EC members are taking office 21-months to the holding of the 2024 elections and at a time Ghana seeks to entrench its position as a beacon of democracy in Africa.
President Akufo-Addo said the quality of the work of the EC will reassure Ghanaians that democracy is the right choice of government.
He indicated that counting, collation and declaration of results should not be more important that casting of the ballots.
He was confident that the new EC members will bring integrity, professionalism and independence of mind in the discharge of their duties.
Dr. Peter Appiahene, on behalf of his colleagues, thanked the President and the Council of State for the confidence reposed in them.
After taking the Oath of Office, Secrecy and Allegiance, the President presented the new EC members their instrument of appointment.