EC’s poor handling of referendum is a sign of things to happen in 2020, let’s pray for Ghana-Batidam

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Former corruption advisor to former president John Dramani Mahama, Daniel Batidam is calling for prayers for the country as she goes into the 2020 elections.

He is worried that the Jean Mensa led electoral commission did not acquit itself well in the just ended referendum to create the 6 new regions, citing the use of manual voting instead of the biometric verification machines.

Mr. Batidam made the observations in a long write-up he authored in which he gave his assessment of the prosecution of the just ended referendum for the creation of the 6 new regions by the electoral commission.

Mr. Batidam took a swipe at the new EC boss, accusing her of incompetence saying ‘’ I have never wanted to be a prophet of doom. But those who have been following my pronouncements since the appointment of the new EC Chairperson (Mrs. Jean Mensa) and other new colleagues of hers, would recall a piece I wrote shortly after their appointments by the President indicating that the new EC urgently needs our prayers. I also did point out my reservations about the COMPETENCE of the new EC Chairperson in particular without going into much details, except to indicate that I have evidence of the incompetence I was talking about from past experiences working and dealing with the nee EC Boss at a professional level’’.

He continued ‘’because, if the just ended referendum is anything to go by and given the level of incompetence and helplessness displayed by the EC, as well as the fact that there were even open attempts to block the media from covering the referendum vote in some areas of the country without any visible restraint by the powers that be, etc then Ghana is in real serious trouble’’.

According to him, the referendum was fraught with several illegalities as captured in a report issued by the Coalition of Domestic Election Observers (CODEO), adding that there was massive vote rigging in favour of the ‘yes’ vote.


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Kennedy Mornah is an Award Winning Ghanaian Journalist with over two decades of experience in the Ghanaian Media landscape spanning the electronic, print and digital media. He is a Media Consultant, a Corporate MC, Radio and TV Host, Founder and Publisher of the Maritime and Transport Digest Newspaper, Businessman, a Go getter and an optimist. He has worked for renowned media organizations including Diamond Fm in Tamale, Luv Fm in Kumasi, Oman Fm in Accra and Starr Fm in Accra In 2017 he received the Reporter of the Year Award at the Ghana Shippers Awards in Accra, Ghana.

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