General News of Saturday, 22 July 2017
The concerned staff of the Electoral Commission who have petitioned the Economic and Organised Crime Office (EOCO) asking for investigations into the leadership of the chairperson, Mr Charlotte Osei have alleged that the decision to rebrand and change the logo of the commission was a unilateral decision by Mrs Osei.
They claim Mrs Osei unilaterally awarded a contract of about $25,000 to a South African company, Quazar Limited to change and redevelop the Commission’s logo under the guise of rebranding without going to tender contrary to the Public Procurement Act.
They made claim in a petition to EOCO which Mrs Osei provided a response on Friday July 21, 2017. They have also petitioned the Office of the President asking for impeachment proceedings to be initiated against Mrs Osei on grounds of misconduct and conflict of interest.
Responding to the EOCO petition however through her lawyer, [email protected], Mrs Osei said: “The decision to prepare a strategic plan and rebrand the Commission was a decision of the full commission at a meeting. Quazar was selected out of three companies and contracted by the UNDP to assist the Commission to complete its Strategic Plan and rebranding.
“The UNDP was very happy with the services of Quazar and the UNDP has not submitted any complaints of any breaches in the award of contract process. Indeed, representatives of Quazar had several meetings and workshops with senior staff and members of the Commission.”
“It is therefore unclear the basis for the complaints that the Chairperson unilaterally engaged the services of Quazar. In addition, Quazar was not paid US25,000. Quazar was paid about GHS23,470 as supported by the documents attached and marked ‘CO27A’. It would be most helpful if the petitioners would get basic facts right.”
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