The Electoral Commission of Ghana has undergone a makeover as part of efforts to make it more accessible, efficient and transparent.
Along with a new website and logo, the Commission has outlined five pillars which will underpin its work.
It is expected to use these pillars to among other things establish a functional and independent legal department and a clearly defined road-map for the implementation of the Representation of the Peoples Act.
These were revealed at the launch of a five-year strategic plan on Tuesday.
Speaking at the launch, the Chairperson of the Electoral Commission, Charlotte Osei said “We realized. We were operating without a plan and so with the support of the UNDP, we commenced the process. It’s very important that the public knows where we (EC) are going.”
Below is the full details of the EC’s five-year strategy as outlined by the Chairperson, Charlotte Osei.
- Develop stakeholder relationship – define our new brand proposition which will be consistent branding and which will speak to the new value and the new ideals which we are aiming at.
- Electoral mandate – improve electoral mandate, ensure quality infrastructure, logistics, facilities to deliver world-class elections.
- Organizing our process for delivery – Transform the effectiveness and efficiency of the Commission through the deployment of world class technology solutions throughout the organization to support our internal and external processes. Build an organization that can support the technology deployed and do it responsibly.
- Engaging our people – We will create an environment where our people can thrive and excel. We will build a culture of engagement throughout of organization. We will do this through communications, career planning, capacity building and 360 performance management solutions.
- Leveraging our resources – We would supplement our financial requirements by developing additional revenue streams specifically related to the training and development of election related services in Ghana and across the region. Through the effective use of technology and the optimization of our processes, we will drive effective and efficient use of our financial resources.
Outcome of strategic plan
- Everyone will see that our mandate is managed and delivered in a legal, transparent and fair manner to all parties.
- We would ensure that the EC is legally and functionally independent.
- We would develop and maintain a relationship of trust credibility with all stakeholders and other state institutions.
- We will ensure that internally the commission is operated efficiently and effectively to world class standards. Over hauling the way we work. Managing our resources better, reduce waste. Create a better organizational culture with better guidelines.
- We would ensure that we are a benchmark for how elections should be conducted in Africa. We would do this by putting a lot of resources and work into our research and knowledge center.
Measurement of outcomes
- By making sure that we do our work so well that official results elections cannot be overturned or are not overturned by any court… the test of whether we are delivering on our mandate is whether the results are overturned or not.
- We will also ensure that political parties are fully compliant with all relevant legislation with effective oversight over political parties.
- We’ll also have a clearly defined roadmap for the implementation of the Representation of the Peoples Act which enables that all Ghanaians everywhere can vote and not just in Ghana.
- Have a fully functional legal department in place and ensure that all elections are undertaken on schedule as per the official election calendar.
- We will also look towards improving the revenue that we are able to generate independently (conduction of elections for third parties).
- We will also develop our knowledge and training center to the point where it generates revenue and becomes a knowledge management hub both locally and internationally.
- We also need to broaden the voters’ education so we can drive voters’ participation, we can reduce rejected ballots by at least 50 percent and also ensure the people understand and have confidence in the work that we are doing.