A deputy General Secretary of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP), Nana Obiri Boahen says the Electoral Commission (EC) is on a new path to restore its lost integrity.
According to the private legal practitioner, the former EC boss, Mrs Charlotte Osei brought the institution into disrepute through her actions and decisions which turned out to harm the institution.
Nana Obiri Boahen believes the new leadership of the Commission, headed by Mrs Jean Mensah, is bringing back its lost glory to strengthen the democracy of the country.
The former minister, who was reacting to the decision of the EC to dump the controversial multi-coloured logo championed by Mrs Charlotte Osei prior to the 2016 elections, noted that the dumping of the logo is one one of the best decisions the chairperson of the EC, Mrs Jean Mensah has taken.
To him, going for a new logo at that time was a waste of state resources adding that returning to the old one will bring back the image of the Commission.
“As a politician and lawyer, I know Charlotte Osei did not help the country. Her posture was bad and she acted without consultation,” he argued.
He wondered why she championed the change of logo whereas there was no need for that.
“I am very happy the old logo has been brought back,” he said while commending Mrs Mensah for her bravely, discipline.
“people will now have confidence in the Electoral Commission as its leadership has been changed. The return of the old logo means the Commission will deliver its mandate effectively,” said Mr Obiri Boahen.
Return to old logo
In a memo dated December 4, 2018 and signed by chairperson, Mrs Mensa, the commission directed that the original logo which bears the Coat of Arms and has a ballot box showing a hand casting vote be restored.
The memo was copied to all commissioners, Head Office Directors, Regional Directors, Deputy Regional Directors, District Electoral Officers and Sectional Heads.
Mrs Mensah said the “core values of the Electoral Commission, namely integrity, Fairness and Accountability have from today also been restored.”
She also directed that all communications from the Electoral Commission “must from today, be made on the letterhead bearing the original logo of the Commission as appears on the face of this letterhead.”
“Kindly ensure that the most recent logo is removed from the buildings and properties of the Commission. This will subsequently be replaced,” the statement added.