Allegations against me are actuated by malice and ill will – Charlotte Osei

General News of Friday, 21 July 2017

Source: ultimatefmonline.com

2017-07-21

EC Chair Charlote Osei 2EC Chairperson, Charlotte Osei

The Chairperson of the Electoral Commission of Ghana Charlotte Osei has described allegations against her as bogus and frivolous.

According to her, the allegations are product of overactive evil imagination calling on Ghanaians not to pay attention to them.

Some staff of the EC have petitioned the President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo calling for the removal of the EC Chairperson.

The faceless group claims Madam Charlotte single-handedly renegotiated contracts to the tune of almost $22 million without adhering to the Public Procurement Act.

But in a statement issued by the EC Chairperson, it said ‘The contents of the said ‘petition’ which has been widely circulated on social media and published by the mainstream media, are frivolous, baseless and are actuated by malice and ill will. These allegations are in my view, the product of an overactive evil imagination, and do not deserve any serious attention’.

She indicated that her full responses are ready for each and every allegation made in the petition adding that she will make her response public when the President informs her.

‘I understand from the media that the Presidency has received the alleged petition. I have my full responses ready for each and every allegation made in the so-called petition. However, in deference to His Excellency the President of the Republic, for whom I have the highest levels of respect, I would respectfully wait to be formally informed by the Presidency before I make my responses public,’ she said.

Madam Charlotte through her lawyer Thaddeus Sory has written to lawyer for the petitioners Maxwell Opoku Agyemang, requesting for names of the petitioners, failure, he the lawyer will be named the defendant.

Read details of the statement:

PRESS RELEASE

ALLEGATIONS AGAINST ME ARE BOGUS

My attention has been drawn to a litany of phony allegations made against me by a certain Maxwell Opoku Agyemang in a supposed ‘petition’ on behalf of unidentified person(s), asking for my removal from office.

The contents of the said ‘petition’ which has been widely circulated on social media and published by the mainstream media, are frivolous, baseless and are actuated by malice and ill will. These allegations are in my view, the product of an overactive evil imagination, and do not deserve any serious attention.

I wish to state categorically that all the defamatory allegations are outright lies and without any merit whatsoever.

I understand from the media that the Presidency has received the alleged petition. I have my full responses ready for each and every allegation made in the so-called petition. However, in deference to His Excellency the President of the Republic, for whom I have the highest levels of respect, I would respectfully wait to be formally informed by the Presidency before I make my responses public.

I take the opportunity to express my heartfelt appreciation to the staff of the Electoral Commission, political leaders from the various political parties, and members of the general public for the overwhelming support shown to my family and I so far. I am absolutely certain that once again, history and the truth will vindicate the just.

The political motive hunting would not serve the greater purpose. The ‘motiveless malignity’ behind this Petition are self-seeking and faceless individuals with the sole motive of satisfying their purely personal vendetta against my person and protecting illegal financial interests.

Finally, the Electoral Commission is an independent governance institution, non- partisan and with full protections for its officials under the 1992 Constitution of Ghana. I would wish that the political actors would respect the constitutional framework provided for the Commission and support in upholding the supreme interest of the Commission for the wider interest of our democracy.

Thank you.

Signed

Charlotte Osei (Mrs.)

Chairperson

Electoral Commission Ghana

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