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21 July 2017

Keep off EC boss – NDC warns Akufo-Addo

Members of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) have registered their preparedness to battle through till the end, any attempts by government to attack Electoral Commissioner (EC), Charlotte Osei and or intrude in the commission’s operations.

They described the calls for impeachment of Mrs. Charlotte Osei as “blackmail witch-hunting” attempts to rid her of her position.

Addressing pressmen at a conference held by minority members to assess President Akufo-Addo’s first six months in office, Minority Leader, Haruna Idrissu emphasized the NDC’s commitment to frustrating all attempts by the NPP to bother Mrs. Charlotte Osei particularly after they have tolerated the dismissal of several civil servants and government officials appointed by the Mahama administration since their inception in office.

“Stay off intruding into the operations and activities of the independent EC….the President’s blackmail witch hunt will fail today, fail tomorrow and will be resisted by the NDC”, Mr. Haruna warned.

The Chairperson for the Electoral Commission, Charlotte Osei has been in the news for alleged misconduct and violations of some provisions of the 1992 Constitution regarding her office, conduct and duties.

Some concerned workers of the Electoral Commission (EC) petitioned the President and Her Ladyship, the Chief Justice to begin impeachment processes against their Chairperson.

The petition, signed by private legal practitioner, Maxwell Opoku Agyemang who is counsel for the petitioners, accused Mrs. Charlotte Osei of breaching in many instances, the Procurement Law in procuring goods and services for the Commission.

They claimed that she, unilaterally and without recourse to procurement procedures, engaged the services of lawyers, Sory@Law who represented the Commission in the pre-election legal banter with aggrieved parties and disqualified flagbearers.

She was also alleged to have abrogated an existing contract with Super Tech Ltd. (STL), unilaterally renegotiating and re-awarding the contract at new sum of $21,999,592 without serious regard to the tender processes.

“The chairperson, Mrs Charlotte Osei unilaterally awarded a contract of about $25,000 to a South African company Quazar Limited to change and re-develop the Commission’s Logo under the guise of rebranding without going through tender contrary to the Public Procurement Act,” point 26 of the petition read.

The petition also cited Mrs. Osei as among other things “compromised the independence and neutrality of the Commission by arranging for 2015 V8 Land Cruiser with registration number WR 2291-15 from the Office of the President for use as official vehicle without going through the procurement process or recourse to the commission.”

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