Apaak Takes On ‘Compromised’ EU Observer Mission Questions Why Speaker Was Snubbed For Bryan Acheampong

Clement Apaak, Bryan Acheampong and Javier Nart Clement Apaak, Bryan Acheampong and Javier Nart

Member of Parliament (MP) for the Builsa-South Constituency, has condemned the European Union (EU) Observer Mission for Ghana's 2020 Elections, over the group's decision to ignore the Speaker of Parliament, and to rather present its report on the controversy-laden elections to the Chairman of the Parliamentary Committee on Foreign Affairs, Bryan Acheampong.

Dr. Clement Apaak, stresses that the action by the EU group, is an indication of being compromised on its duties and a confirmation that the Observer mission has endorsed an illegitimacy.

The National Democratic Congress (NDC) lawmaker, wonders how a reputable elections observer body like the EU mission, could overlook Speaker of Parliament, his two deputies and the Clerk of Parliament, to present its report to an individual who was complicit in several violence activities that characterized prior to, and during the 2020 election.

The EU Observer Mission last week, presented its final report on the 2020 elections to the Chairman of the Parliament Foreign Affairs Committee in Accra.

Presenting the report, the mission's chief observer, Javier Nart, who led the delegation in an interview with the media claimed, the 2020 elections were organized in an efficient, transparent, free and fair and in a competitive manner.

But, in a statement issued and sighted by The Herald, the Builsa-South MP said, "But, honestly, how could the mission present its report to Bryan Acheampong, the Chairman of the Parliamentary Committee on Foreign Affairs? Is he the Speaker of Parliament? Should the Speaker be absent, he has deputies? In the absence of the deputies, the Clerk of Parliament is next; not a committee chairman."

The Builsa South MP, also questioned the capacity in which Mr Acheampong receives the report from the foreign election observer mission and claims that he will present it to the Speaker of Parliament?

"In what capacity does the chair of a committee receive a report from a foreign election observer mission, and has the audacity to say that he will present it to the Speaker and that a workshop would be organised to discuss the report and how best to implement the recommendations," he quizzed.

According to him, Bryan Acheampong, who is also an MP for Kwahu Abetifi in the Eastern Region, was part of President Akufo Addo's security hierarchy which orchestrated the blood-stained by-election that took place at Ayawaso West Wagon (AWW) where innocent citizens were shot and maimed.

This unfortunate incident, Dr. Apaak said, the EU team led by its chief observer, Javier Nart, should have been aware of before going to deal with Mr Acheampong who was a key security apparatus of the government at the time.

He queried; "Was Brian Acheampong not part of the top hierarchy of the NADAA security apparatus which orchestrated AWW, a dress rehearsal, later deployed same during the 2020 polls?"

Below Is The Full Statement:

Folks, the EU observer mission has by its actions confirmed that its mission was to legitimise an illegitimacy. When I say the EU mission was compromised, some think I'm nuts!

But, honestly, how could the mission present its report to Brian Acheampong, the Chairman of the Parliamentary Committee on Foreign Affairs? Is he the Speaker of Parliament?

Should the Speaker be absent, he has deputies? In the absence of the deputies, the Clerk of Parliament is next, not a committee chairman.

In what capacity does the chair of a committee receive a report from a foreign election observer mission, and has the audacity to say that he will present it to the Speaker and that a workshop would be organised to discuss the report and how best to implement the recommendations.

Was Brian Acheampong not part of the top hierarchy of the NADAA security apparatus which orchestrated AWW, a dress rehearsal, later deployed the same during the 2020 polls?

Even more revealing are the comments of Brian when he received the report! "I like the fact that the Union admits that the 2020 elections were efficient, free, fair, transparent and competitive". Why wouldn't he?

Didn't the EU mission do some basic research about Ghana before arriving? Didn't they hear about AWW and the Emile Short report?

And why won't Brian Acheampong be happy with the EU mission report? It legitimatimies the brutish, illegitimate tactics used to deny the true will of the people.

Some EU observer mission indeed, shame!

I remain a Citizen!

Dr. Clement Abas Apaak

M.P, Builsa South

Source: www.theheraldghana.com