Allegations of Favoritism Surface as Jean Mensah’s Suggestion Sparks Controversy
A prominent social commentator has accused the Chairperson of the Electoral Commission, Jean Mensah, of proposing the closure of election polls at 3:00 pm to allegedly favor President Nana Akufo-Addo and the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP). The commentator has called on National Democratic Congress (NDC) Members of Parliament to vehemently oppose what they label as a “useless suggestion.”
Jean Mensah recently suggested closing the polls at 3:00 pm, citing logistical efficiency and timely counting of votes as primary reasons. However, the social commentator claims that this proposal is a deliberate attempt to appreciate President Akufo-Addo and potentially influence the electoral outcome in favor of the NPP.
In a statement, the commentator asserted, “It’s disheartening to see the Electoral Commission, tasked with ensuring a fair democratic process, making what seems to be a biased proposal. Closing polls at 3:00 pm may disproportionately affect voters who may face challenges voting earlier in the day, and it raises concerns about the impartiality of the upcoming elections.”
The call to NDC MPs to oppose the suggested poll closure time is framed as a strategic move to safeguard the party’s chances in the upcoming elections. The social commentator argues that by resisting what they deem as an unfair proposal, NDC MPs can uphold the principles of a democratic and inclusive electoral process.
Critics also point to the timing of this suggestion, coming ahead of crucial elections, as raising suspicions about potential political motivations. The debate over the proposed poll closure time is likely to intensify as various stakeholders weigh in on the matter.
As the political landscape heats up, it remains to be seen how the NDC MPs will respond to the call for opposition and whether the Electoral Commission will provide further justifications for the proposed closure time amid accusations of bias. The coming days are poised to be critical as Ghanaian politicians and citizens closely watch developments leading up to the election day.
story filed by: Nana Kwaku Duah