General News of Tuesday, 25 July 2017
A former Chief Director at the Electoral Commission, Mr. Damoah Agyeman has called on President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to probe the chairperson for the Electoral Commission Mrs. Charlotte Osei over allegations leveled against her by some unidentified staff.
According to him, probing the EC will allow certain misconceptions to be cleared and restore confidence in the country’s electoral body.
“What is going on is not good at all. Left to me alone, once the matter has been referred to the President to intervene, he [Akufo-Addo] should allow the law to take its course by also referring the matter to the Chief Justice for her to start the inquiry into it,” Mr. Agyeman said.
He added that “from the look of things, there is bad blood between the commissioners and everybody seems to accuse one another of wrongdoing. I will prefer the impeachment process to start but it should be extended to all the commissioners,” he told Accra based Kasapa FM.
The chairperson of the electoral commission has been in the news lately after a petition demanding her removal was sent to the President.
Mrs. Osei is being accused of “single-handedly” dishing out contracts to the tune of $21,999,592 without recourse to the Public Procurement Act by some unidentified staff of the commission.
She is also accused of providing an estimate of one million Ghana cedis for the renovation of her house.
In a blistering rebuttal to the allegations totaling 27, Mrs. Osei took her three deputies to the cleaners accusing them of gross insubordination, corruption, and arrogance.
This was after she labeled the allegations as frivolous and the product of an “overactive evil imagination” in an earlier tirade.
They are; Deputy in Charge of Operations, Amadu Sulley, Corporate Services, Georgina Opoku Amankwaa and Finance and Administration, Dr. Joseph Kwaku Asamoah.