More pressure on EC boss PPP to join petitioners for her removal

Progressive People’s Party (PPP) has indicated its intention to join a petition meant to remove the Chairperson of the Electoral Commission (EC), Mrs Charlotte Osei, from office.

The EC boss and two of her deputies, Amadu Sulley (in charge of Operations), and Georgina Amankwa (in charge of Corporate Services), on Monday, December 11, 2017 appeared before a five-member committee composed by the Chief Justice, Justice Sophia Akuffo, over allegations of mismanagement and abuse of power  at the commission.

 

The inquisitorial committee, whose members are yet to be known, is expected to investigate Mrs Osei, together with her two deputies, as prescribed under Article 146 of the 1992 Constitution.

 

The two deputies have accused their boss of financial mismanagement and poor leadership, an accusation she has since rejected.

 

The accusation include funnelling of GH¢3.9 million to partition an office, the receipt of a Toyota Land Cruiser from the Mahama government, the expenditure of about $14 million when the Public Procurement Authority had authorised her to use only $7.5 million.

 

Following the accusation in July this year, some unnamed staff petitioned President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to demand the removal of Mrs Osei from office through a constitutional means.

 

Both parties have been given three weeks by the chief justice to file their statement of response to the committee after which the hearing will continue.

In a statement issued Tuesday, December 13, 2017 the PPP National Secretary, Murtala Mohammed, said the party was hopeful that the committee would not ignore the public acknowledgement by Mrs Charlotte Osei, and her complicity in gross violations of procurement laws and articles of her engagement.

 

“The PPP shall support every effort to cleanse our public institutions of arrogance, abuse of power and complete disregard for public law and order,” the statement said.

 

The party added: “We wish to offer, if given the chance at this Committee, for our party, the Progressive Peoples Party to join this case and present evidence against the Electoral Commission of Ghana.”

 

The PPP in a statement noted that, it will present “evidence against the Electoral Commission of Ghana” if given the chance to join the case.

“As a lawful party, our shared responsibility is to educate Ghanaians on why our democracy takes place in a framework of a Presidential representative democratic republic, with the President as both head of state and head of government, and with multi-party democracy as our accepted form of democracy,” it argued.

Meanwhile, the EC boss has asked the President and the Chief Justice committee probing her and her two deputies to furnish her with a copy of the petition seeking her impeachment.

 

Story: Atta KWAKU BOADI

 

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