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25 July 2017

Cease fire: CCG tells EC

The Christian Council of Ghana(CCG) has called for a truce in relation to the frosty relationship between the Electoral Commission Chairperson, Charlotte Osei and her deputies at the commission.

The rivalry and tension within the commission has thicken following, the EC Boss’s full response to the impeachment petition against her by some staff of the Electoral body.

Madam Charlotte Osei did not mince words in portions of her response as in some cases she directly accused her deputies of plain thievery.

She alleged that the Deputy Commissioner in-charge of Operations, Amadu Sulley illegally collected some GHS 6 million cedis from political parties purportedly to conduct party primaries.

According to her, these monies were paid on the blind side of the Commission’s Finance Department.

Meanwhile, President Akufo-Addo has been served with the said petition for the removal of the Chairperson of the Electoral Commission(EC).

Madam Charlotte Osei has been accused of breaching procurement regulations and disregarding administrative procedures in the management of the Electoral body.

They also charged her with cronyism and witch hunting of pro-NPP staff members.

Amidst the growing tension at the commission, the Christian Council of Ghana has waded into the impasse proposing the use of Alternative Dispute Resolution mechanisms to address the problems at the Electoral Commission.

According to the General Secretary of the CCG, Dr. Kwabena Opuni Frimpong, who spoke to Accra-based Citi FM, the happenings within the Election Management Body(EMB) will not set the tone for a healthy electoral process ahead of the 2020 polls, hence the need to cease fire now.

“We must keep in mind the 2020 general elections of this country; the national cohesion that we need and peace. Therefore, anything that will set the stage and prepare the ground even for electoral tension must be taken care of,”

She added: “before the 2016 general elections, we were calling for peace before, during and after the elections. But after the elections, almost all the issues that are being raised either by the staff of the EC or the EC Chairperson, are all 2016 general election related.”

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