April 22, 2024


Former Chairperson of the Electoral Commission of Ghana (EC), Dr Kwadwo Afari-Gyan, has taken on the Council of State, a body of prominent Ghanaians similar to the Council of Elders in traditional political systems that is mandated mainly to advise the President, for not living up to expectation.

For him, the Council of State, which he deems as a powerful institution, is behaving as if it were a powerless body when it is clothed with the power to make inputs into various governmental organizations. He urged the Council of State to help the public appreciate the work it does by making public the advice it has given to the President and various institutions.

“We will all agree that the Council of State has an imposing name but the way it has so far gone about its work has made it look like an anorexic institution without power. Yet apart from the President, the Council has the power to advise every public institution in Ghana.

Based on my own experience at the Electoral Commission, I can say that the Council takes briefings from public institutions and gives them advice…I think it will help the public gauge the council’s impact if, periodically, it issues a report indicating what advice it has given to which institution,” he said in a Republic Day lecture at the University of Professional Studies in Accra.

The lecture, which was under the theme: ” Reflections on Our Democracy: The Constitution, Elections and the Judiciary”, was organized by UPSA and the One Ghana Movement.

The mission of the Council of State is to “offer credible, impartial and timely advice to the President of the Republic, Ministers of State, Parliament and other Public Agencies to ensure responsible and accountable Governance.”



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