General News of Friday, 15 December 2017
The Auditor General in collaboration with the finance ministry has uncovered a whopping 53 million cedis corruption scandal at the Electoral Commission.
This was revealed after the two bodies conducted an in depth financial auditing within Ghana’s electoral body.
According to reports the commission, under the guise of indebtedness to STL Company, requested the finance ministry to disburse an amount of GHC53, 883,235 to them in order to settle the debt which was was supposedly occasioned by the 2016 polls.
However according to the Auditor General, such a debt does not exist in the books of the Commission.
The chairman of the Electoral Commission, Madam Charlotte Osei is fighting her impeachment before a five member committee set up after some unnamed staff of the Electoral Commission through their lawyer Maxwell Opoku-Agyemang petitioned the president to impeach the EC boss on grounds of corruption.
Later, another petition was again filed against Charlotte Osei by Lawyer Douglas Seidu on grounds of breach of the Public Procurement Act, 2003 (Act 633) as amended, gross financial mismanagement as well as conflict of interest.
Lawyer Seidu alleged that Charlotte Osei put herself in a conflict of interest situation when she awarded a contract to Aerovote Security Printing (Ghana) Limited to print the pink sheets used for the 2016 general elections.
Lawyer Seidu argued that Charlotte Osei has strong business links with the Director of Aerovote and that the EC Chairperson had long arranged the deal even before the procurement process opened.
But the EC boss through her lawyer, Thaddeus Sory hit back, insisting that she had not been corrupt or abused her office.