Nana Akufo-Addo has been petitioned by a group known as the Centre
for Democratic and Accountable Government (CEDAG) to remove a Deputy
Chair of the Electoral Commission, Dr Bossman Asare from office for
having publicly urged the public to vote YES in the 17 December 2019
referendum which has now been cancelled.
to the group, Dr Asare openly rallied the public to vote YES so that
Article 55(3) is amended to allow political parties to sponsor
candidates in local-level elections.
the group’s full petition sent to the Presidency before the
President recently cancelled the referendum owing to a lack of
Excellency the President of Ghana,
Against the Deputy Chairperson of the Electoral Commission, Dr
public interest advocates, we write to bring to your notice a
compendium of misconduct of the Deputy Chairperson of the Electoral
Commission, Dr Bossman Asare, which cast a shadow of slur on him as a
person that is not fit for the job of Deputy Electoral Commissioner.
Excellency, your all-too-nigh salutary proposition and inimitable
initiation of the upcoming referendum to get political parties
sponsor candidates for the local level elections comes into sharp
focus, vis-à-vis the conduct of Dr Bossman Asare, the Deputy
Chairperson of the Electoral Commission, upon which this petition
we welcome the need to tweak our 1992 republican constitution to
reflect the evergreen living legal document of our time, we
appreciate that we should do so within the acceptable professional
conduct as required by the offices we occupy.
Bossman Asare, in the exercise of his duty as the Deputy Chairperson
of the of the Electoral Commission, on the 18th of November 2019, on
3FM, openly campaigned for a vote of ‘yes’ in the referendum on
article 55(3) which has seen a strong opposition across the various
social construct of the country; political parties, CSOs, chiefs,
opinion leaders and the general public at large.
is, highly, reprehensible, the conduct of the Deputy Chairperson, Dr
Bossman Asare, who heads and oversees the elections and the electoral
process of our country, to take sides and openly campaign in favour
of a moiety of the opposing groups.
we find highly dangerous, as it is literally likened to striking a
match close to aviation fuel. Nobody wants to see the end results,
especially in our part of the country where the political environment
mostly gets overly charged.
certitude that he will guarantee us a transparent, free and fair
referendum to reflect the sovereign will of the denizens is zilch and
does not offer us any hope in his role as the referee for the
conduct of his, which does not nurture a healthy political
environment is seen when after the appointment of Dr Bossman Asare to
the office of the Deputy Chairperson of the Electoral Commission, he
has openly stated: “The actions of the country’s biggest
opposition party, the NDC, are gradually becoming a cause for worry
for the peace and stability in the country.”
like this coming from him engender mistrust and raises suspicion of
fair treatment by Dr Bossman Asare to the opposition party, which is
a major player in our political praxis.
officers of the Commission, at some point in time, will be appointed
by the government of a particular party, they are not under any
obligation to favour or exhibit any conduct to suggest same as such
conduct has the tendency to destabilise the peace of the country.
democracy cannot be toyed with by anybody or group of persons whose
conduct and attitude fail to build the hope and the trust needed in a
democracy anchored on institutions like the Electoral Commission,
like the case of Dr Bossman Asare and, so, I am asking you to really
consider the rarity and precocity of this opportunity to remove Dr
Bossman Asare from office as the Deputy Commissioner to restore
confidence and safeguard our democracy and the peace of the country.
Excellency, have the assurances of our highest esteem and