We didn’t snub parliament; invitation came late – EC

EC boss, Jean Mensa

The Electoral Commission has rejected claims that it disrespected Parliament by snubbing the lawmaking chamber’s invitation to present its roadmap for the conduct of election 2020.

Billed to brief Members of Parliament (MPs) by the Commission preparedness level towards peaceful and successful polls, Chairperson, Jean Mensah failed to show up, forcing the suspension of sitting by Speaker Prof Mike Oquaye.

But in a statement on Thursday, November 5, 2020, the EC disputed the assertion that it had disrespected Parliament.

According to the election management body, it received the invitation to brief Parliament late on Wednesday.

“The Commission is greatly surprised by this turn of events as notice of the said meeting reached it late Wednesday, November 4, 2020, at a time when some Commission members were outside Accra. This was communicated to the Leadership of Parliament.

“…the Chairperson of the Commission has never turned down an invitation of the August House. The Commission and its Leadership view Parliament as an important democratic institution and have always fully cooperated with Honourable members,” the statement said.

The Commission argued that it is “fully prepared to present its comprehensive report to the leadership and Honourable Members. In agreement with the leadership of Parliament, the Commission will present its roadmap to the Honourable Members on Saturday, November 7, 2020.”

Read the EC’s full statement below:

Source: Daily Mail GH

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