Charlotte Osei, Chairperson of the Electoral Commission of Ghana
The Ministry of Finance has directed the Controller and Accountant-General’s Department (CAGD) to release GH¢70 million to the Electoral Commission to pay off the December 7, 2016 general election cost.
EC to clear its GH¢293 million indebtedness to election officials and companies, that provided services during the December 7 general election with the help of this money.
Mr Patrick Nomo, Chief Director of the Ministry of Finance said the amount was to help the EC to meet its current commitments with regard to goods and services.
Mr Nomo Chief Director of the Ministry of Finance said while announcing the release of the money in an interview with the media in Accra yesterday, the EC was reminded to ensure compliance with the Public Procurement Act, the Financial Management Act (2016) (Act 921) and all other relevant public financial management laws, rules and regulations in the execution of programs and operations covered by the amount released.
Mr Nomo said GH¢800 million was released to the EC before the December 7, 2016 general election but the commission, on December 13, 2016, wrote to the ministry that it had overrun its budget by GH¢293 million.
He added, the plan is to make part payment in January and spread the rest over a period. We will review the election expenditure, but in the meantime, we will release part of the amount to the EC.
However, he was silent on the next amount to be released to the EC
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