THE Deputy Director in-charge of Operations at Electoral Commission (EC), Alhaji Amadu Sulley, has described Chairperson of the Commission Mrs. Charlotte Osei as someone, who is not only inept, but lacks knowledge of the electoral system.
He insists that he did nothing wrong and that it is Mrs Osei who has been on a mission to destroy them.
Reacting to allegations leveled against him, Alhaji Sulley said Mrs Osei, at a point, ordered the Internal Auditor of EC to investigate him over the payments and after thorough investigations the auditor cleared him (Sulley) of any wrong doing.
“I don’t understand the motive of the Chair to come out now to make this unfortunate allegation against me and the Deputy Chair in charge of Finance/Administration,” he said.
He alleged that currently, EC does not have an Internal Auditor to oversee financial transactions of the Commission because the substantive Internal Auditor was hounded out of office by Mrs Osei.
“The Internal Auditor is still alive, even though he resigned out of frustration orchestrated by the Chair,” Alhaji Sulley said, adding, “as at now, the Commission is yet to have an Internal Auditor. This is very unfortunate.”
“I will (sic) like to state that, it is not true that the Deputy Chairman, (Ops), took GH¢6 million for primaries of political parties,” he stated.
Alhaji Sulley said that party primaries “are not legally binding on the Commission but we supervise them since the parties have it in their respective constitutions to protect integrity of the process”.
According to him, the law only “entreats the Commission to supervise the election of the executives of all registered political parties at national, regional and constituency levels as stipulated in Section 17 (2) of Act 574.
In relations to 2016 primaries, he said three political parties, namely: New Patriotic Party (NPP), National Democratic Congress (NDC) and the People’s National Convention (PNC) presented a budget each and were discussed in his office.
“Monies brought by the parties did not come to me but were sent to the Accounts section through the Director of Elections of the Commission. I did not receive a pesewa; they were all sent to the Accounts Section,” he stated.
Alhaji Sulley further said that “all monies for work of the operatives were sent to them through the Regional Directorate, saying monies for consumables like indelible ink, endorsing ink, stamp pads, etc. which belong to the Commission, were paid to the Commission”.
The EC boss and her two deputies – Alhaji Sulley and Georgina Opoku-Amankwa, in-charge of Corporate Services, Finance & Administration – have been trading accusations and counter-accusations since a petition was sent to the Presidency by unnamed staff of the Commission for impeachment processes to be initiated against Mrs Osei.