Bright Simons explains why they at IMANI Always Doubts the Electoral Commission

Mr. Bright Simons

The vice President of IMANI, Mr. Bright Simons has given reasons why they at IMANI always doubt the Electoral Commission of Ghana. 

It has become a known fact to all Ghanaians that IMANI Africa has become a thorn in the flesh of the Electoral Commission of Ghana under the leadership of Mrs Jean Mensa and always criticising almost every activity that the commission undertakes.

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Explaining why they at IMANI always criticises and refuse to give Electoral Commission the benefit of the doubt, Mr. Bright Simons said;

1/ Why does IMANI always refuse to give EC the benefit of the doubt?

A. Bcos we know them more than you do. We’ve spent time reading 1000s of pages about their procurement work. You haven’t. Trust us, not them.

B. We found them to be lying at every turn. Trust & lies don’t mix

C. They announced to the whole nation that since 2011, they hadn’t bought new BVDs & BVRs. Lies. They spent $60m on these machines between 2015 & 2019.

D. They rigged the $70m tender for the latest equipment from Thales so badly the head of the procurement committee resigned.

E. They decided to pay over $3.5m for biometric software frm Lithuania that the vendor sells for $350k. IMANI published the full scoping study online so everyone can check for themselves.

F. They have never passed an asset audit & never auction discarded new machines.

G. They demonized their predecessors & called the vendors who worked on the 2016 system, which per CODEO reports, was more efficient end-to-end compared to 2020, crooked.

H. Turns out that as late as 2019 and 2020, they were still paying the old vendors millions for services.

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I. Had they spent the $15m we believe they needed for new equipment for new polling stations (instead of $70m) & not tossed $60m worth of good devices, they could’ve spent $5m in increasing collation centers

J. Their new transmission network would not have failed to come online.

2/ An EC that wasn’t driven by procurement scams would’ve been more open to consultations with CSOs & the Opposition & addressed their issues in good-faith, not refuse to engage them throughout the pre-election season. That is how to build TRUST. And thus BENEFIT OF THE DOUBT!


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