EC Bosses Sued over corruption & abuse of office

The private citizen who initiated the removal of two deputy commissioners of the Electoral Commission(EC) Korsi Senyo says he will proceed with a process for the prosecution of the two former public officers.

According to him, “he will complete his self-motivated crackdown on corruption and abuse of office against Mrs Georgina Amankwa and Amadu Sulley with a petition to the Inspector General of Police (IGP) and the Attorney-General (A-G) for prosecution”.

 

“I will be petitioning the IGP, of course, for their arrest and also petition the A-G for their prosecution. There are serious issues [at the EC] that I think borders on criminality. The law must take its course. And I will not end there, but I will also petition the Auditor-General to institute a forensic audit of the activities of the Electoral Commission,” he told journalists.

 

Mr Senyo petitioned President Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo for the removal of Amadu Sulley and Georgina Amankwaah, two deputy Electoral Commissioners, a petition that was granted after a committee of enquiry set up by the Chief Justice, Sophia Akuffo, found the two top officials of the EC culpable of breach of key regulations.

 

The committee also found EC’s Chairperson, Charlotte Osei, culpable of procurement breaches and, along with her deputies, recommended their immediate removal from office.

The President, in accordance with the Constitution, instituted the committee’s recommendation.

Mr Sulley, then Deputy Commissioner in-charge-of Operations at the EC, was cited for a number of infractions at the elections management body, including the illegal transfer of votes and embezzlement.

 

He has also been asked to refund some GH¢320,822 which went missing under his watch.

Other allegations that were levelled against him in 2017, include,  the financial exploitation of the political party primaries.

 

Mrs Georgina Amankwah, who was then Chairperson-in-charge of Corporate Affairs was also removed from her position because of negligence and procurement breaches.

 

The report of the CJ’s committee said Mrs. Amankwah had misconducted herself and showed gross incompetence.

The crux of her infractions had to do with the signing of two multi-million cedi contracts which  were deemed questionable, and the disappearance of endowment fund contributions.

 

Korsi Senyo, a citizen vigilante, said  there was  more rot to be discovered at the EC if further instigations were  conducted into financial activities.

He said during the CJ’s committee hearing, which he witnessed, it came out that there  was GHC 300,000 in cash, which was  in a ‘Ghana-must-go’ [bag] sitting with the interdicted Chief Accountant.

 

The  money he alleged  was paid  to Amadu Sulley by political parties as proceeds of the 2015 primaries.

 

Story:  Franklin ASARE-DONKOH

Writer’s email: franklin.asare-donkor@todaygh.com

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