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We inherited a weak institution – EC Chairperson

he Chairperson of the Electoral Commission, Jean Mensa, has said under her leadership, the corporate governance structure of the Electoral Commission has undergone some strategic reforms thus improving the entity’s operations.

At a meeting with President Nana Akufo-Addo today [Thursday], the EC Chairperson described the Commission as one that lacked a structured governance framework in its operations; saying she inherited an outfit in a weak state.

“We inherited a very weak institution. It is an institution that is not founded on rules, administrative policy. It does not have a governance framework and so we came to office and found out that we do not have a single policy to guide procurement, HR, administration.”

“Nothing exists so, in a nutshell, the Commission has existed as some sort of an election machine and over the years we have spent a lot of effort trying to plug the loopholes to the best of our knowledge and to the best of our ability so it runs as a free for all institution till date.”

Citing examples, she said the weakest link of the Commission was the IT department that could not run elections for just two individuals.

“I would like to turn our attention to some of the work we have done in the area of our IT. It was the weakest link of our operations and we came to discover a 55 member department that could not run an election for two people.”

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