Electoral Commission of Ghana
Logo of the Electoral Commission of Ghana
|Superseding agency||Interim National Electoral Commission|
|Jurisdiction||Government of Ghana|
|Agency executives||Chairman, Dr. Afari-Gyan
Deputy Chairman, David Kangah
Deputy Chairman, K. Sarfo-Kantanka
The Electoral Commission of Ghana is the official body in Ghana responsible for all public elections. Made up of seven members, its independence is guaranteed by the 1992 Ghana constitution. The current commission was established by the Electoral Commission Act (Act 451) of 1993.
The Commission is made up of seven members. The current composition is as follows. Three of the members were appointed by President Kufuor in consultation with the Council of State of Ghana in February 2004 and sworn in on 5 March 2004. They are Mrs. Paulina Adobea Dadzawa, an administrator, Nana Amba Eyiiba I, Efutuhemaa and Krontihemaa of the Oguaa Traditional Area and Eunice Akweley Roberts, an Educationist and Human Resource Practitioner. They were all women. Ebenezer Aggrey Fynn, a Management Consultant was also appointed to the Commission by the President to bring it to its full complement of seven members.
|Chairman||Dr. Kwadwo Afari-Gyan||1993 – present|
|Deputy Chairman||David Azey Adeenze-Kangah||1993 – present|
|Deputy Chairman||Kwadwo Sarfo-Kantanka||1993 – present|
|Member||Mrs. Paulina Adobea Dadzawa||February 2004 – present|
|Member||Nana Amba Eyiiba I, Efutuhemaa||February 2004 – present|
|Member||Eunice Akweley Roberts||February 2004 – present|
|Member||Ebenezer Aggrey Fynn||March 2004 – present|
|Source:Electoral Commission of Ghana|
The acclaim that the commission received for successfully supporting the close elections of 2008, have made it a focus of African and international election reform organizations. In November 2009, a conference was held to analyze this election, and try to establish new standards and practices for African election commissions. Held in Accra, the conference was titled Colloquium on African Elections:Best Practices and Cross-Sectoral Collaboration. The conference was organized by a number of international election reform organizations including the National Democratic Institute, the Africa Center for Strategic Studies, the International Foundation for Electoral Systems, the Netherlands Institute for Multiparty Democracy, the Open Society Initiative for West Africa and UNDP.
In February 2004, three members of the commission retired. They were Elizabeth Solomon, Mrs. Theresa Cole and Professor Ernest Dumor. Another member, Dr. M . K .Puni, died in June 2005. Dixon Afreh is a former member of the Commission who left when he was appointed as a Justice of the Appeal Court in October 1994.
The Electoral Commission of Ghana established a biometric system of registration for the electoral register prior to the 2012 presidential and parliamentary elections to prevent double registration and to eliminate ghost names in the old register.
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- "Three new members of EC sworn into office". Politics of Friday, 5 March 2004 (Ghana Home Page). Retrieved 31 October 2009.
- "EXPERTS GATHER IN GHANA TO DEVELOP IMPROVED STANDARDS FOR AFRICAN ELECTIONS" (Press release). National Democratic Institute. 9 November 2009.
- "The Commissioners". Official Website. Electoral Commission of Ghana. Retrieved 21 November 2011.
- "Compilation of Biometric Register Begins March 24". General news. Ghana Home Page. Retrieved 14 February 2011.