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Acceptance of from vehicle from government not a new practice

By
Iddi Yire, GNA

Accra, July 24, GNA –
Mrs Charlotte Osei, the Electoral Commission (EC) Chairperson, says her
acceptance of a vehicle from government following her appointment did not
compromise her neutrality.

“This is certainly not
a new practice in Ghana’s public service. Indeed, the office of the Chief of
Staff provided and continues to provide vehicles for many government
institutions and appointees,” Mrs Osei stated in a 17 paged document response
to a petition by unknown concerned staff of the EC through their lawyer to the
President for her impeachment.

She said the
Chairperson could therefore not have compromised her independence or neutrality
as she neither requested nor lobbied for the said vehicle.

“Indeed, this flawed
argument would imply that the Commission receiving money from the Government
compromises the neutrality of the Commission,” she said.

The petitioners
claimed: “Following her appointment as EC chair, Mrs Osei compromised the
independence and neutrality of the Commission by arranging for 2015 V8
Landcruiser with registration WR 2291-15 from the Office of the President for
use as official vehicle without going through the procurement process or
recourse to the Commission.

However, Mrs Osei in
her response said: “Mrs. Osei does not use a vehicle with the said registration
number WR2291-15. Following her appointment as Chairperson, the Office of the
Chief of Staff allocated Mrs Osei a vehicle.”

“This is certainly not
a new practice in Ghana’s public service. Indeed, the office of the Chief of
Staff provided and continues to provide vehicles for many government
institutions and appointees,” she added.

She said: “As a point
of order with regard to the recent unfounded accusations leveled at Mrs
Charlotte Osei in her capacity as Chairperson of the EC Ghana, Mr Maxwell
Opoku-Agyemang is not a staff member of the Commission.

“Whilst he claims to
act on behalf of ‘Concerned Staff’ of the Commission, he has not made clear who
those ‘staff’ indeed are.”

Mrs Osei explained
that this was of particular importance as he Mr Opoku-Agyemang had previously
introduced himself at another forum as counsel for Ms Georgina Opoku-Amankwaa,
the Deputy Chairperson Corporate Services of the Commission.

The EC Chairperson
said in order for the petition to be considered as a legitimate submission on
behalf of the staff, the names and signatures of the concerned staff must be
provided in support of the “so-called petition submitted”.

Constitution.

GNA

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