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Charlotte Osei sues Maxwell Opoku-Agyemang

Accra, July 26, GNA – Mrs Charlotte Osei, the
Chairperson of the Electoral Commission (EC), has sued Maxwell Opoku-Agyemang,
the lawyer who signed the petition of some workers of the Commission to the
President.

In a writ filed at an Accra High Court, Mrs
Osei contended that the petition purportedly seeking for her impeachment was
defamatory and it injured her hard won reputation.

She is therefore seeking damages for libel
against the lawyer for the publication on Facebook.

She is also seeking an order of the Court
directed at the Lecturer of the Ghana School of Law to retract those
publications and apologise.

According to the EC Boss, the publication was
widely published on radio, television and social media platforms.

The EC Boss is also seeking a declaration that
the statements that Plaintiff is “managerially and administratively inept”
because Plaintiff has no respect for the organisational structure of the EC,
“has poor human relations not befitting of any leader in public space,” has
“unilaterally transferred District Electoral Officers perceived to be pro-NPP,”
“…polarised the Commission along political lines” and disunited its members at
paragraphs 11, 12, 13, 20, 21 and 26  of
the petition attached to Defendant’s letter conveying the petition to his
Excellency the President of the Republic of Ghana are defamatory of Plaintiff.”

She wants another declaration that “the
statements that Plaintiff has constituted herself into the Commission’s Tender
Review Committee contrary to the Procurement Act”, “unilaterally awarded a
contract of about $ 25,000 to a South African company…to change and re-develop
the Commission’s logo under the guise of rebranding…” set out at paragraphs 6,
18,  23, 27 of the petition attached to
Defendant’s letter conveying the petition to His Excellency the President of
the Republic of Ghana are defamatory of Plaintiff.”

It said: “A declaration that the statements
that Plaintiff nearly pushed Ghana “to the precipices” by her “political
posture” prior to the conduct of the 2016 general elections, has a political
bias and prejudice against Ghanaians who support the New Patriotic Party (NPP)
by antagonising the “NPP prior to the 2016 general election brought
embarrassment to the Commission” through her arrogant posture set out at
paragraphs 3, 4, 14, 19 of the petition attached to Defendant’s letter
conveying the petition to his Excellency the President of the Republic of Ghana
are defamatory of Plaintiff.

The EC boss wants a further declaration that
the statements that Plaintiff “has been engaging in cronyism by awarding
contracts to the tune of $14,310,961.00 to her cronies” the value of which
contract sums exceed the approved threshold of the PPA, the details of which
statements are set out at paragraph 8 of the petition attached to Defendant’s
letter conveying the contents of the petition to His Excellency the President
of the Republic of Ghana are defamatory of Plaintiff.

Madam Charlotte Osei also wants general
damages for libel against the lawyer “for publishing and or causing to be
published the aforesaid words of and concurring in Plaintiff,” as well as an
order “directed at the Defendant to publish a retraction and an apology with
the same prominence as the defamatory words on his Facebook page as well as one
publication in the Daily Graphic.”

She also filed for an injunction restraining
the defendant from publishing defamatory statements against the Plaintiff as
well as costs, including lawyer’s fees.

According to the Plaintiff, a statement by the
Defendant that she is managerially and administratively inept “has greatly
injured Plaintiff’s reputation and credibility as an expert in business
management, compliance and regulation, corporate/business law, banking as well
as labour with significant experience”.

She averred that for the defendant to state
that she had constituted herself into the EC’s Tender Review Committee and
singularly chairs the Entity Tender Committee, was understood to mean that “the
plaintiff is dishonest and fraudulent, self-centred, does not have the interest
of the nation at heart and generally engaged in criminal activity such as
corruption and is debased and perverted in character.”

On July 13, this year, Mr Opoku-Agyemang
purportedly, acting on behalf of a group known as Concerned staff of EC
forwarded a petition to the President for the initiation of processes for the
removal of Mrs Osei under article 14 (3) of the 1992 Constitution.

The petition among others, accused Mrs Osei
for compromising the independence and neutrality of the Commission by arranging
for an official vehicle from the office of the President in 2015; and also for
holding unto her office as a board member the Ghana Reinsurance Company on
becoming the EC boss.

They also accused her of making decisions
without recourse to the Commission.

Mrs Osei has subsequently denied all the
allegations and made counter allegations against her two deputy commissioners.

GNA

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