25 July 2017

Charlotte Osei sues lawyer for “faceless” petitioners

Chairperson of the Electoral Commission (EC) of Ghana, Madam Charlotte Osei has sued lawyer for disgruntled staff of the Electoral Commission, Maxwell Opoku Agyemang.

Madam Charlotte Osei who initially served notice of her decision to take legal action against persons who have petitioned the President to impeach her, in a letter written by her lawyers, to the lawyer of the petitioners, demanded the list of the names of workers who had made the claims for her removal.

In a suit on Monday July 24, 2017 and intercepted by Kasapafmonline.com, lawyer for the EC Chair Thadeus Sory noted that the claims contained in the petition which were publicised both in the social and traditional media were false and dafamatory.

According to her Lawyers, the suit was filed to enable them commence legal action against them (Petitioners) for the defamatory statements contained in their petition.

The workers petitioned the President for a full-scale probe into various allegations, including willfully causing financial loss to the state and abuse of office.

The petition signed by Counsel for the staff, Maxwell Opoku-Agyemang, and addressed to President Nana Akufo-Addo claimed the EC chair “single-handedly renegotiated the contract with the vendor without the involvement of the members of the Commission, not even the deputies. She then awarded the contract to the tune of $21,999,592 without going through tender contrary to the Public Procurement Act. The Chairperson then re-awarded these contracts without approval from the Commission.”

The staff claim her decision to cancel a contract awarded to Superlock Technologies Limited (STL) — a company contracted to supply and manage Biometric Voter Registration machines (BVRs) and the Biometric Voter Devices (BVDs), as well as her directive for the payment of $76,000 to IT firm, Dream Oval, were fraudulent.

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