Electoral Commission of Ghana

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Electoral Commission of Ghana
Electoral Commission of Ghana logo.jpg
Logo of the Electoral Commission of Ghana
Agency overview
Formed 1993
Superseding agency Interim National Electoral Commission
Jurisdiction Government of Ghana
Headquarters Accra
5°33′43″N 0°12′08″W / 5.5618706°N 0.2021849°W / 5.5618706; -0.2021849
Agency executives
Child agencies
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Key document
Website ec.gov.gh

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.[1] The current commission was established by the Electoral Commission Act (Act 451) of 1993.[2]

Members[edit]

The Commission is made up of seven members. The Chairman is Charlotte Osei, the first lady to occupy this position in Ghana. She was appointed by John Mahama, President of Ghana in consultation with the Council of State of Ghana in June 2015.[3] There are two Deputy Chairmen. Sulley Amadu was appointed by John Atta Mills, then Ghanaian President following the retirement of David Kangah who had served in that capacity for 19 years.[4] Georgina Opoku Amankwa was appointed by President John Mahama to replace Sarfo-Kantanka who had served for about 20 years. She is the first female Deputy Chairman of the Commission.[5] There are four other members. Mrs. Paulina Adobea Dadzawa, an administrator and Ebenezer Aggrey Fynn, a Management Consultant were appointed by President Kufuor in consultation with the Council of State of Ghana in February 2004.[6]

OFFICE NAME TERM
Chairman Charlotte Osei June 2015 – present
Deputy Chairman Sulley Amadu[4] May 2012 – present
Deputy Chairman Georgina Opoku Amankwaa[5] July 2013 – present
Member Mrs. Paulina Adobea Dadzawa[6] February 2004 – present
Member Ebenezer Aggrey Fynn[6] March 2004 – present
Member Sa-Adatu Maida November 2010[7] – present
Member Rebecca Kabukie Adjalo November 2010[7] – present
Past members
Chairman Dr. Kwadwo Afari-Gyan 1993 – June 2015
Deputy Chairman David Azey Adeenze-Kangah 1993 – April 2012[4]
Deputy Chairman Kwadwo Sarfo-Kantanka 1993 – April 2013[8]
Member Dr M K Puni[9] ? – June 1995
Member Elizabeth Solomon[9] ? – February 2004
Member Theresa Cole[9] ? – February 2004
Member Ernest Dumor[9] ? – February 2004
Member Nana Amba Eyiiba I, Efutuhemaa February 2004 – 2010
Member Eunice Akweley Roberts February 2004 – 2010
Source:Electoral Commission of Ghana

International support[edit]

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.[10] In November 2009, a conference was held to analyze this election, and try to establish new standards and practices for African election commissions.[10] Held in Accra, the conference was titled Colloquium on African Elections:Best Practices and Cross-Sectoral Collaboration.[10] 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.[10]

Former members[edit]

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.[11] 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.[12]

Elections[edit]

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.[13]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "ESTABLISHMENT OF ELECTORAL COMMISSION". Electoral Commission of Ghana. Retrieved 20 October 2008. 
  2. ^ "Act Establishing The EC". Electoral Commission of Ghana Official Website. Electoral Commission of Ghana. Retrieved 29 June 2015. 
  3. ^ "Mahama appoints new EC boss". Ghanaweb. Ghana Home Page. Retrieved 29 June 2015. 
  4. ^ a b c "Amadu Sulley sworn in as Deputy Electoral Commissioner". Ghanaweb. Ghana Home Page. Retrieved 29 June 2015. 
  5. ^ a b "EC gets new Deputy Chairman". TV3 Onlline. TV3 Network. Retrieved 29 June 2015. 
  6. ^ a b c "Three new members of EC sworn into office". Politics of Friday, 5 March 2004 (Ghana Home Page). Retrieved 31 October 2009. 
  7. ^ a b "Changes at Electoral Commission: President appoints two". Ghanaweb. Ghana Home Page. Retrieved 29 June 2015. 
  8. ^ Frimpong, Enoch Darfah. "Kantanka retires from Electoral Commission". Graphic Online. Graphic Corporation. Retrieved 29 June 2015. 
  9. ^ a b c d "The Commissioners". ModernGhana. ModernGhana.com. Retrieved 29 June 2015. 
  10. ^ a b c d "EXPERTS GATHER IN GHANA TO DEVELOP IMPROVED STANDARDS FOR AFRICAN ELECTIONS" (PDF) (Press release). National Democratic Institute. 9 November 2009. 
  11. ^ "The Commissioners". Official Website. Electoral Commission of Ghana. Retrieved 21 November 2011. 
  12. ^ "Three new members of EC sworn into office". Politics of Friday, 5 March 2004 (Ghana Home Page). Retrieved 31 October 2009. 
  13. ^ "Compilation of Biometric Register Begins March 24". General news. Ghana Home Page. Retrieved 14 February 2011. 

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