EC cannot be blamed for deaths during election 2020-Jean Mensa
The Chairperson for Ghana’s Electoral Commission, Mrs Jean Adukwei Mensah, has posited that the electoral body cannot be held liable for the deaths recorded during the 2020 presidential and parliamentary polls.
According to her, although the deaths recorded were unfortunate, the EC could not be held liable for the deaths.
Speaking to members of the ECOWAS Parliament at Winneba on Wednesday, October 12, 2021. Jean Mensa said none of the violence that led to the deaths occurred at any of the EC’s polling stations.
“Sadly seven lives were lost and though this did not occur at our polling nor arise at as misconduct on our part, one life lost is one too many. We are confident that our security agencies will share their investigations and recommendations for future learnings,” she noted.
According to her, the elections last year were so successful contrary to claims it was not.
“Indeed, our elections of 2020 were solely financed by the government of Ghana. I am happy to note, that this reduced the cost of our election by 41% compared to 2016 notwithstanding inflation and price highs and the fact that we incurred additional cost owing to the COVID-19 protocols we deployed throughout the election.
“We cut the cost per voter from 13 dollars per head in 2016 to 7 dollars 70 cents per head at the time when the cost of elections is rising world over. Needless to say, these were no easy feat, it took the herculean effort of our entire team and the helping hand of the almighty God to establish these achievements. We were met with many challenges but we surmounted most of them and those we could not overcome we learnt from them”.