President Nana Akufo-Addo and his Communication Director, Mr Eugene Arhin, disrespected Ghanaians by responding to an official request for the removal of the Chair of the Electoral Commission, Mrs Jean Mensa, through social media, Mr Mensah Thompson, Executive Director of the Social Equity and Public Accountability Alliance (ASEPA).
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President Nana Akufo-Addo and his Communication Adviser, Mr. Eugene Arhin, disrespected Ghanaians by responding to an official call for the expulsion of the Chair of the Electoral Commission, Mrs. Jean Mensa, via social media, Mr. Mensah Thompson, Executive Director of the Social Equity and Public Accountability Alliance (ASEPA).
President Nana Akufo-Addo recently dismissed an ASEPA petition for the impeachment of Mrs. Mensa for failing to file her assets and liabilities on time after her appointment as Chief Electoral Officer, as required by the Constitution.
A letter from the Executive Secretary of the President, Nana Asante Bediatuo, addressed to Mr. Thompson, said: “By letter dated 15 July 2020, the Chief Justice conveyed his determination whether a prima facie case existed or not.”
The letter continued: “The Chief Justice claimed that there was no finding by the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ) that the Chair of the Electoral Commission, Mrs. Jean Adukwei Mensa, had committed any criminal offence.
“In addition, no statute has been found by the CJ that criminalizes the non-declaration of assets within the time stipulated in the Constitution,” the letter said.
This also noted that: “The Chief Justice then decided that your petition made no prima facie argument to warrant the EC Chairperson’s impeachment.’
“In any case,” the letter continued, “CHRAJ found no adverse findings against the Chairperson as the inquiry was terminated and the complaint dismissed after the Chairperson on 17 February 2020 declared her assets.”
“I am therefore ordered by the President to inform you that your request has been denied.”
Mr Thompson is not, however, pleased that the presidency served notice of the petition ‘s dismissal via Facebook when no official response was forwarded to ASEPA.
On Accra News@12 he told Asonaba Kojo Nomafo Duku of Accra100.5FM that: “No response from the presidency was officially served. Recently, we sent the Chief Justice a reminder of the matter and received an official reply stating that his office had already dealt with the matter and sent the presidency an official report.
Mr Thompson said: “After releasing our statement on the study on Thursday on the Presidency, Nana Akufo-Addo ‘s Communication Director, Mr Eugene Arhin, quickly made a statement on his Facebook wall as a response to our inquiry.”
“Why is the presidency doing its official Social Media business? “He asked Mr. Thompson.
In his view, “Both the president and his communications director have disrespected Ghanaians by conducting such official social media business.”
He added, “They also disregarded the Constitution.
“We have not received any official reply from the presidency to our petition as I speak to you.”