25 July 2017

EC saga: It’s too early for Charlotte, others to resign – Peace C’cil Chairman

The Chairman of the National Peace Council, Most Rev. Prof. Emmanuel Asante says it is too early to ask the Electoral Commissioners implicated in the alleged corruption saga to step aside now.

For him, while no proper investigations have been set into the allegations and counter allegations at the commission, the officials can still remain at post and do their normal work.

“It’s too early yet to ask them to step aside. Let them remain at post while the investigation continues so that along the line if the investigations proves otherwise and requires that they step aside to prevent any interference from them, then we do that.” he told host Fiifi Banson on Anopa Kasapa on Kasapa 102.5 FM.

However, he bemoaned the excessive politicization of the EC saga, saying its regrettable that the EC matters are taking divisive dimensions, and even twisted politically.

“At this point, the institution must be the topmost priority for us and not the individuals at stake. Let’s allow for due process to work and avoid partisan politics. We should all guard our utterances, while we prevent further degeneration of the integrity of the Commission and restore public confidence in the organisation.”

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.

Mrs. Georgina Opoku Amankwaa, one of her deputy commissioners has responded to the claims by her boss by justifying some decisions taken without recourse to due process.

The Deputy Chairperson also said Madam Charlotte Osei is inexperienced for the job she is occupying.

According to her, if the EC Chair had possessed the requisite experience in corporate service, the Commission wouldn’t have been in turmoil like what the public is witnessing at the moment.

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