By Ms. Christine Evans-Klock, UN Resident Coordinator for Ghana

Accra, Ghana

4 July 2018

The United Nations recognizes as good practice that the procedure for nominating and appointing members of the Electoral Commission (EC) is representative and inclusive of the views of different political parties and sectors of civil society.

The UN therefore commends the President of the Republic of Ghana, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, for his commitment to an inclusive approach to the timely appointment of EC Commissioners and welcomes his statement that “we are not looking for persons who are coming to do a job for the NDC or for the NPP. We are looking for persons who are coming to do a job for Ghana.  That is what we are looking for, for the Electoral Commission”.  An inclusive approach will strengthen the credibility of Ghana’s well-regarded democratic process and take into consideration the aspirations of its citizens.

The UN recognizes Ghana as a beacon of democracy within the sub-region and the importance of sustaining its democratic gains. The UN, as a long-standing provider of development assistance to the national electoral process, will continue to support efforts to improve general management of elections in Ghana.  Echoing calls for an inclusive consultation process is consistent with the recommendations of a UN in-country Assessment Mission carried out at the request of the EC in 2014 to ascertain election preparedness ahead of the 2015 and 2016 elections.

Non-partisanship would include taking the initiative to share full information about investigative processes and their findings. This would serve to increase public understanding of public institutions, inform civil discourse about them, and build confidence in even-handedness in using these processes to ensure public accountability.