The Executive Director for the of the Institute of Democratic Governance (IDEG), has covertly submitted his curriculum vitae (CV), detailing his public service credentials, personal experiences and why he was most suitable to be nominated as a replacement for the outgoing chairman of the Electoral Commission (EC), Dr. Afari Gyan, who retires in June, this year.
Dr. Afari Gyan, retires in June this year and a search for his replacement is currently ongoing, Dr. Akwetey, is among some five individuals, whose names are being thrown about in the media for the top EC job
In a statement issued in Accra, Dr. Akwetey, said although he has contributed immensely towards the country’s electoral process, he has never served as a senior aide to any president or vice president as reported by the pro-New Patriotic Party (NPP) newspaper, the Daily Guide of Wednesday, April 22, 2015, in a story captioned “Race for the EC Job – 5 Shortlisted’.
The IDEG boss, in his widely circulated statement to the media, did not deny his lack of interest in the topmost EC job, suggesting he is available to be considered for the job by President John Mahama, who is constitutionally mandated to appoint the next EC boss.
He rather dwelled on misconceptions the public might have about his eligibility for the job, and went into an overdrive extolling things he had done towards electoral reforms in Ghana.
Dr. Akwetey, is considered by many as a friend of the NPP. Like the leaders of the Institute of Economic Affair s (IEA) and Centre for Democratic Development, Ghana (CDD), his arguments are often skewed towards the NPP.
Indeed, towards the 2012 Presidential Election, he engineered the signing of the Kumasi Peace Pact under the auspices of the National Peace Council, Asantehene Otumfuor Osei Tutu II, and others, to have the various political parties committed to peace before, during and after elections.
His organization, however, failed to speak against marauding NPP supporters, who blocked some major roads in Accra, besieged the Obra Sport at Kwame Nkruman Circle, as well as the Dzorwulu offices of Israeli company, Super Lock Limited (STL), while others were beating up journalists at various places, including the Nima residence of Nana Akufo-Addo.
The NPP, Nana Addo and his running mate, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, subsequently went to the Supreme Court, holding the country to ransom for eight months full of political tension.
He has, meanwhile, being very critical of the government in most of his pronouncements on salient national issues and policies.
According to Dr. Akwetey “My attention has been drawn to a story captioned ‘Race for the EC Job – 5 Shortlisted’ on the front page of the Daily Guide of Wednesday, April 22, 2015. I write to correct the factual errors relating to my record of public service to God and country in the said story. When rumours and speculation started last year that I might be selected to fill a vacant post of Chairman of the Electoral Commission (EC), I refrained from commenting on my interest in the matter. I have consistently stuck to that line of action believing that it is the proper thing to do”.
“Unfortunately, I am compelled to comment now because of the inaccurate record of my public service published in the media. I wish to state categorically that I have never worked as a senior aide to any President or Vice President of Ghana. This fact is verifiable in all public records in the country including the media”, he stated.
“On the contrary, I have been deeply involved in public service, demonstrating commitment to advancing the national interest at all times in a non-partisan, impartial, honest and consistent manner. I have worked primarily in civil society and from that location, actively and effectively engaged political leaders, public servants, business leaders, eminent chiefs, diplomats, heads of multilateral and bilateral development organizations at national, regional and global levels on issues of electoral reforms, democracy and good governance and inclusive development and nation-building. The details are public knowledge and well publicized”.
“However, in the context of the current discussion, I wish to stress that my roles in IDEG and the CFI in the 2008 and 2012 elections have been widely acclaimed, including, but not limited to providing technical advice and public outreach support to the Electoral Commission, the Judiciary, the National Peace Council, the National House of Chiefs, Manhyia Palace, the security agencies, political parties and bilateral and multilateral partners, all of which are actively supporting the electoral and democratic development processes in Ghana”.
Our work in Ghana, has been innovative and has successfully inspired civic and state actors interventions in difficult elections in several African countries including, Nigeria, Liberia, Senegal, and Kenya.
Presently, Institute for Democratic Governance (IDEG) and the Civic Forum Initiative (CFI), continue to be involved in multi-actor dialogue about constitutional and electoral reform in furtherance of peace, stability, national cohesion and inclusive development not only in Ghana, but also in Africa.