This year’s elections cannot be rigged – Jean Mensa

Electoral Commission, Ghana(EC) boss, Mrs. Jean Mensa has said that the upcoming general elections cannot be rigged in favor of any political party.

Mrs. Jean Mensa dismissed claims that she is aiming at rigging the December 7 polls for the ruling government led by President Akufo-Addo.

Addressing journalists during a program organized by Ghana Journalists Association(GJA) today, Tuesday, November 24, 2020, the EC Chair debunked the claims and revealed that she has met Akufo-Addo twice since she was appointed into the office and they were all official meeting.

“To the question of being in bed with the government, I’m sure I would have two children by now because it’s been two years… But I think transparency, transparency, transparency and that is why we tried our best to open up everything, and therefore even if the President was your uncle or your father, there is nothing absolutely nothing you can do,” Mrs. Mensa said.

“And for your attention, since our appointment as the chair and deputies, or maybe I should speak for myself, I have met the President [Akufo-Addo] on two occasions only and those have been official and have been attended by all the commission members, two occasions only.”

“And so come to Election Day, we know that the process cannot be even more open, everybody checks what goes on and it is done in the full glare of the public, the counting from the beginning to the end.

“As we speak we are just closing activities at the printing houses, and we also provide [political] parties with notices and its schedule and they have a 24-hour watch at the printing houses together with the EC staff and security agencies, 24-hour watch, so this is the extent.”

“Come Election Day, we all know ballot [boxes] are opaque, we open them up and turn them over, and everybody watches, you can choose to stay around and watch everything, counting is done in the full glare of the public and the results announced there.

In the case of the presidential announcement, in the case of parliamentary, declared at the constituency [level]. At what point can the EC rig an election is a question I will like to know. Even if the President was your father, throughout this chain, it is so transparent and so please let’s are mindful when our politicians come to muddy the waters when they try to cause unrest.

“Because they will leave us, you and I here, and they will leave. Believe you, me, many of their [politicians] families will travel out of the country, right after voting that same night and sit in London and receive the results,” Mrs. Mensa said.