Former Deputy Chairman of the Electoral Commission (EC) David Adeenze Kanga, has in a tribute to late former President Jerry John Rawlings said he gave the Commission a free hand to operate.
“He impressed me; I didn’t see the least attempt on his part to influence or direct the Commission,” Mr- Kanga, who was the Deputy Chairman of the Commission in charge of Finance and Administration, said in his memories of the late President.
The former Head of State, and later President, reportedly died on November 12, 2020, at the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital, in Accra.
Mr Kanga was appointed Deputy Chairman of the EC in 1993, when the late President was the leader of the nation, and served in that capacity, well after he (former President Rawlings) had left office after the year 2000 election.
He went on retirement on April 29, 2012, after 19 years of service.
Mr Kanga described the governance legacy of the late President as very good, explaining that he helped to promote very credible elections in Ghana.
Mr Kanga called for the Commission to be continually adequately resourced by the Government of Ghana so that it would remain independent.
The former EC Deputy Chairman, described late former President Rawlings as Action Man and Achiever, and said he helped with the transformation of the country by extending electricity to the whole country.
Also, citing the construction of the Kumasi-Paga Road, Mr Kanga said under the Government of the late President Rawlings, there was massive improvement in the road network, which he said contributed to the national transformation agenda.
Mr Kanga urged political actors and leaders to be sincere and honest with the people they dealt with and “show love for the country” a phenomenon he said was gradually missing in the nation’s politics.