The Chairperson of the Electoral Commission(EC), Mrs. Jean Mensa is expected to appear before Parliament to brief the House on measures been taken to conduct the 2020 general elections.
She is to update the House on the compilation of the new voters’ register and present their road map to Members of Parliament amidst the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
This was suggested on the floor of Parliament by the Minister of Parliamentary Affairs, Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu.
According to Kyei Mensah-Bonsu, he engaged members of the commission on Thursday and he was assured he will hear from them by close of Friday, May 22, 2020; on when they would come to Parliament to update legislators on preparations towards the elections.
“Indeed the Chairman of the Special Budget Committee also came to me and, I said he should also do his own checks. But I have used a straight path to engage and I am waiting for a response which I believe would come by the close of the day” he said.
The Majority leader in response to a question posed to him by an MP, confirmed to the House that he will make sure EC update Members of Parliament by next week.
“If it is possible to meet in a close sitting or the Committee of the Whole or perhaps first the Special Budget Committee which has direct responsibility, we will do what is needful,” he noted.
Haruna Iddrisu’s suggestion
Minority Leader, Haruna Iddrisu, said the EC must brief the House on its journey so far for the 2020 Elections.
He said “The Constitution requires that presidential and parliamentary elections be held this year even as we struggle with COVID. The independent Electoral Commission created under Article 45 of this constitution owes this country and Members of Parliament an explanation.
“They have to be summoned to give us their road map as to their preparedness. They need to appraise this House on their level of preparedness for the 2020 presidential and parliamentary election. If we cannot get them to brief thewhole Committee, they have to come to the Special Budget Committee.”