EC not above criticism, but do so objectively – Jean Mensa
The Electoral Commission (EC) says it will welcome public scrutiny and criticism of its work, especially as the nation heads into a crucial election in 2024, however, this must be done with objectivity and candour.
Mrs Jean Mensa, the Chairperson of the EC, said that would ensure national peace, security and sustenance of the country’s democracy.
“We at the EC are not above scrutiny. Scrutinise and critique our work as your role requires but do so with objectivity. Criticisms laced with insults and falsehood should be beneath you,” she told members of the Ghana Journalists Association (GJA) on Sunday.
This was part of her keynote address during the 27th GJAAwards held at the Accra International Conference Centre.
It was on the theme: “Leveraging Media Freedom to Sustain the Democratic and Security Architecture: The Litmus Test of Election 2024”.
The EC Boss noted that the stakes for the 2024 Election were high because they could make or break the peace and security.
We are partners in this quest to build our nation. We should put our nation first and work to ensure that irrespective of our political divide, our actions and activities inure to the benefit of our dear country.”
She, therefore, urged the media to be conversant with the delicate interplay required of them to safeguard Ghana’s democracy, peace and harmony.
“The 2024 Election will be more than democratic exercise, it is the test of our nation’s resilience.”
“As journalists, you’ll play a crucial role in building up that resilience. You’re the ears, eyes and hearts of the citizens,” she said.
The role of journalists could either impact the nation positively or negatively, Mrs Mensa said, and called for the truth to be upheld at all times.