Two deputy chairpersons and other officials of the Electoral Commission (EC) were forcibly removed from a meeting with Parliament's Special Budget Committee due to their failure to provide a satisfactory explanation for the absence of EC Chairperson Jean Mensa.
During the consideration of the 2022 budget estimates of the Commission, Dr Bossman Asare, Samuel Tettey, and their colleagues were unable to justify Jean Mensa's nonattendance.
The Committee emphasized the importance of the Chairperson's presence, particularly regarding critical constitutional matters such as the creation of a constituency for residents of Santrokofi, Akpafu, Lipke, and Lolobi (SALL).
The First Deputy Minority Whip stressed that the budget estimates for the Commission would not be considered until Jean Mensa physically attends the Committee.
Highlighting the previous instance of Jean Mensa's absence during the Mid-Year budget performance review, Ahmed Ibrahim stated that her nonattendance was unexpected and disappointing.
He emphasized the significance of addressing serious constitutional issues during the budget hearing and the need for Jean Mensa's participation.
Regarding the representation of the SALL people, Ahmed Ibrahim pointed out the importance of ensuring that all citizens have proper representation.
He stated that the EC Chair must outline her plans for creating a new constituency for the SALL people, guaranteeing their representation even before the 2024 General Elections.
Ahmed Ibrahim further explained that understanding the EC Chair's policies, assessing their alignment with the budget estimates and figures, and evaluating her performance in the previous budget are crucial steps before approving the 2022 budget.