According to Dr Hakeem Wemah none other apart from the Electoral management body, the EC has the constitutional mandate to conduct and declare election results.
Dr Wemah was speaking alongside eight other distinguished moral voices in Tamale at the Elders and Moral Community’s Peace Conference organized by the Northern Development and Democratic Instutite, NDDI, a Tamale-based policy think-tank, on the theme; Delivering peaceful, free, fair and credible election – a responsibility for all Ghanaians.
He said, per the 1992 constitution, the EC was clothed with the authority to conduct elections, count the votes, collate and announce the final results, nobody else.
He affirmed that when all and sundry complied with the constitutional stipulation, Ghanaians would emerge from this forthcoming elections successfully to the admiration of the world.
According him, the EC proved capable and enhanced its transparency parameters through its ‘Let the People Know’ briefing policy and called on Ghanaians to support them to discharge its mandate diligently to deliver credible polls for all.
He admonished Ghanaians that ‘’let’s shame the naysayers. Let’s have a peaceful, free and fair elections’’ to the envy of the world, Dr Wemah said.
Other speakers included; Dr Mohammed Ibn Chambas, UN Special Envoy in West Africa, H.E. Madam Diana Acconcia, EU ambassador to Ghana, Most Rev. Philip Naameh, President of Ghana Catholic Bishops Conference, Yaw Boadu-Ayeboafo, Chairman of the National Media Commission and His Eminence, Dr Osmanu Nuhu Sharabutu, National Chief Imam.
The peace conference was chaired by Prof. Haruna Yakubu, former vice chancellor of the University for Development Studies (UDS), with Ya-Na Abukari Mahama II as the Special Guest of Honour.