A Security Analyst, Adam Bona has expressed concerns over the Justice Emile Short Commission report’s silence on the failures of the Electoral Commission that contributed to the Ayawaso West Wuogon by-election violence.
Speaking on Anopa Kasapa on Kasapa 102.5 FM, Adam Bona said its quite disappointing to find no elaborate details in the recommendations by the Short Commission in relation to the gap by the Electoral Commission(EC) specifically on election security in the by-election.
“I was expecting to find in the report, the role the EC played with regards to the AWW by-election violence. So far in the recommendations put out there, I’ve not read any aspect of it that talks about the role the EMB played in facilitating the chaos that happened on that day. It would have been in our interest if something was said because the buck stops with them in election security. They have a crucial role of coordinating security matters and must understand elections security very well,” he told host Kwaku Owusu Adjei on Anopa Kasapa.
As far as security preparations are concerned, the EC maintained it wrote to the police requesting security for the polling stations.
There was an initial meeting with the police regional command where researched information on possible flashpoints, among other dynamics, were provided, Jean Mensa told the Emile Short Commission that probed the AWW by-election violence in February.
But a member of the Commission, Professor Henrietta Mensa-Bonsu said this did not excuse the EC from not having its own security experts.
“You are in charge of an election. You know what an election requires but if you outsource the security to someone who does not know what is required then you may have a gap.”
“You assume that they [police] will do their duty but did they do their duty? That becomes a question you have to answer when really it was not up to you. My advice is that in future there should be better coordination of the security with the EC,” Professor Mensa-Bonsu stated.