The heavily criticised director of ‘An African Election’ – a movie on the 2008 elections of Ghana – Jarreth Merz, has revealed that his political neutrality and background did the trick to give him access to the Strong Room of the Electoral Commission of Ghana.
The director of the award-winning movie said he sought permission from the Electoral Commission and mainly the political parties’ representatives in the Strong Room after a gentleman’s agreement was reached that he will not make the video clips public until the elections were over. He stated that one of the major reasons why he was allowed to film all the actions in the Strong Room uncensored was due to the fact that he was seen to be a “neutral” person.
But when excerpts of the documentary feature film was shown on Metro TV some few weeks ago, officials of the EC expressed utter shock and wondered how cameras were allowed into the media no-go-area.
Merz, who invaded the studios of an Accra-based television station Metro TV on Thursday night during its bi-weekly programme, Good Evening Ghana, stopped the airing of an extended trailer of his movie that has angered a section of Ghanaians for showing scenes that sort to put Ghana in a bad light.
“This film is about the image of Ghana serving the growth of democracy in Africa.