The chairperson of the Electoral Commission of Ghana, Charlotte Osei, has dared those alleging that she is involved in a conflict of interest by holding another public office to “file a petition” against her.
A pro-New Patriotic Party pressure group Progressive Nationalist Forum is demanding the resignation of the EC boss for holding on to her board membership slot of Ghana Reinsurance Company Limited while serving as chairperson of the electoral management body.
Speaking on the issue for the first time, Mrs Osei said the group should challenge her in court and she will respond appropriately.
“That’s interesting. I’m hoping that whoever made this allegation is going to file some petition so we respond when we get there…,” she said on Joy FM’s news analysis programme News File on Saturday.
“I’m not sure I should be helping people on in this exercise. What is the definition of a public office is what I will primarily think of as a lawyer.”
Article 44 (4) of Ghana’s 1992 constitution states: “The Chairman and the two Deputy Chairmen of the commission shall not, while they hold office on the Commission, hold any other public office.”
“Let’s go with that definition… let’s not prejudge the matter. Let’s see where it goes. I’m happy with all the definitions you’ve read. Let’s see where it goes,” Mrs Osei retorted when host Samson Anyenini read portions of the Supreme document of Ghana to her.
Mrs Osei confirmed that she did resign from that position, however, she failed to mention when it took effect.
“I did resign. Let’s stick to the constitution. Is it a public office?”