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Dream Oval contract in line with USAID procurement policies – EC

By
Iddi Yire, GNA

Accra, July 24, GNA –
The Electoral Commission’s (EC) contract with Dream Oval was funded by the
USAID and awarded in line with USAID procurement policies, Mrs Charlotte Osei,
the EC’s Chairperson has stated.

“The USAID has not
complained of any breaches of policies and has agreed to pay the additional
costs necessitated by the additional security infrastructure that Dream Oval
had to put in place for the Commission’s website,” Mrs Osei has stated.

She made this known 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.

The petitioners stated
in one of their 27 claims that “Mrs Charlotte Osei has consistently approved
for payment of $ 76,000 to an IT company, Dream Oval Limited without contract
contrary to the Financial Administration Act.”

Mrs Osei in her
response said: “There has been no breach of any law or policy put in place by
USAID with regard to this matter. This is therefore, another baseless
allegation founded on mischievous imaginations,”

The petitioners also
claimed that: “The Chairperson through her arrogant posture brought
embarrassment to the Commission by refusing to grant audience to the members of
the National Peace Council and the leader of the Africa Union Delegation Mr.
Thabo Mbeki, the former President of South Africa during the 2016 General
Election.”

However, Mrs Osei said
it was patently untrue that the chairperson refused to meet President Thabo
Mbeki and the National Peace Council.

She said the Peace
Council came on an unscheduled visit to the office at a time the Chairperson
was away from the office.

She noted that there
were subsequent conversations and meetings with the Chair of the National Peace
Council, which the Reverend Professor Emmanuel Asante could confirm.

“The Chairperson met
President Thabo Mbeki on December 1, 2016 at the Movenpick Hotel at the request
of President Mbeki. There is pictorial evidence of the meeting as posted by
President Mbeki on social media,” she said.

“There were also
several phone conversations with President Mbeki before and after the December
elections. Indeed, after the elections, President Mbeki called personally to
congratulate the Chairperson on her warmth, hard work, exemplary leadership and
excellent organisation of the elections,” Mrs Osei added.

She said it would be
most helpful for the petitioners to establish basic facts available as matters
of public record in their quest to vilify the Chairperson.

GNA

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