Politics

EC has bastardised IPAC – Mahama

The flagbearer of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) John Mahama has accused the Jean Mensa-led Electoral Commission of bastardising the Interparty Advisory Committee (IPAC). 

He said the Committee in the history of the country’s democracy has played a very important role in ensuring credible elections in the country, however, the current EC has reduced its relevance.

“They have bastardised IPAC; IPAC has become like an enemy to the Commission. They don’t want to call for [IPAC] meetings and they have revived all those moribund and non-existent parties,” he said.

He said this during an interview with journalists from The Multimedia Group where he also alleged that in some instances, the EC briefed some of these small parties ahead of the discussion of issues at IPAC so they could garner the majority support to push their agenda through.

According to him, since IPAC decisions thrive on the opinions of the majority, the Jean Mensa-led EC now have their way.

“They brief them [some members] beforehand and shut everybody up when we go for meetings so they should take responsibilities for whatever happens,” he said.

During the discussion, he spoke about other things including how his new administration intends to fund the Free Primary Healthcare policy.

He noted that, the funding sources of an estimated amount of ¢1.4 billion which will be required to fund the policy, will come from the Capping and Realignment Policy of the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) fund.