Receiving V8 from Mahama not a new practice – EC boss

General News of Sunday, 23 July 2017

Source: rainbowradioonline.com

2017-07-23

CHARLOTTE5 Osei7Charlotte Osei, Chairperson of the Electoral Commission

The aggrieved staff at the Electoral Commission who is demanding the removal of Charlotte Osei as Chairperson among other allegations against their boss said she accepted a V8 from former President John Dramani Mahama.

The petitioners claim that following her appointment as EC chair, Mrs. Osei “compromised the independence and neutrality of the Commission by arranging for 2015 V8 Land Cruiser with registration number WR 2291-15 from the Office of the President for use as official vehicle without going through the procurement process or recourse to the commission.”

In a detailed response to the allegations, Mrs. Charlotte Osei said, ”This is certainly not a new practice in Ghana’s public service. Indeed, the office of the Chief of Staff provided and continues to provide vehicles for many government institutions and appointees.”

Read the claim on the vehicle and the response below

Claim 3: “Following her appointment as EC chair, Mrs. Charlotte compromised the independence and neutrality of the Commission by arranging for 2015 V8 Landcruiser with registration WR 2291-15 from the Office of the President for use as official vehicle without going through the procurement process or recourse to the Commission.”

Response 3: Mrs. Osei does not use a vehicle with the said registration number WR2291-15. Following her appointment as Chairperson, the Office of the Chief of Staff allocated Mrs. Osei a vehicle. This is certainly not a new practice in Ghana’s public service.

Indeed, the office of the Chief of Staff provided and continues to provide vehicles for many government institutions and appointees.

The Chairperson could therefore not have compromised her independence or neutrality as she neither requested nor lobbied for the said vehicle.

Indeed, this flawed argument would imply that the Commission receiving money from the Government of Ghana compromises the neutrality of the Commission.

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