Majority of Ghanaians trust EC to deliver credible elections
Majority of Ghanaians believe the Charlotte Osei led Electoral Commission will conduct free, fair and credible election in December.
A survey conducted by the National Commission of Civic Education NCCE gave the EC a 66.5% confidence rating indicative of the trust Ghanaians have in the EC.
The survey report comes at a time the EC is facing the threat of legal challenge by aggrieved political parties and candidates who have been disqualified from contesting the upcoming elections.
The parties raise issues about fairness in the disqualification process.
That notwithstanding a good number of Ghanaians believe the EC can be trusted because its officials are competent and have a good track record in conducting elections in the country.
A total of 7,435 respondents were interviewed out of whom 3,991 (53.7%) were males whilst 3, 444 (46.3%) were females.
“For the 4,946 respondents who said they believe the EC will conduct free, fair and credible elections, reasons given were that: EC can be trusted, they had a good reputation, good track record and competent staff (64.0%);
“EC is the constitutionally/ independent mandated body to conduct elections and declare election results (18.0%); they trust the electoral process in place in the country (7.0%); they do so for the sake of peace (4.0%); the EC chair is a woman with innate characteristics such as compassion, care and sympathy (3.0%); and EC is non-partisan(3.0%),” the report said.
The report also indicated that health and education were the most important issues the electorate want the government after the 2016 elections to address.
Director of Communications at the NCCE, Joyce Afutu told Joy News they have already distributed the findings of the survey report to the political parties in order for them to fashion out solutions to the problems Ghanaians are facing.
Director of Communications at the EC, Eric Dzakpasu also welcomed the findings of the report.
He said for the EC which thrives on the trust of the people, a survey that has a confidence rating of over 65% is welcoming.
He attributed the positive outlook of the Commission to the many stakeholder engagements the the EC have had over a period.