Majority Leader refutes NDC’s claims

Christopher Arko, GNA

Accra, July 23, GNA –
Mr Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu, the Majority Leader, has rejected claims by Mr
Haruna Iddrisu, the Minority Leader, that the New Patriotic Party (NPP) was
trying to blackmail the Chairperson of the Electoral Commission and remove her
from office.

According to him, the
current row at the Electoral Commission (EC) is from the Commission’s own
internal wrangling and has nothing to do with the NPP.

Mr Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu
refuted the claims when he spoke to journalists in Parliament over certain
comments attributed to Mr Haruna Iddrisu.

The National
Democratic Congress (NDC) recently held a press conference at its party
headquarters which touched on certain pressing national issues among them being
the allegation that the NPP is behind the petition by some concerned workers of
the EC to impeach the Chairperson, Mrs Charlotte Osei.

Mr Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu
cited, for example, that some few weeks ago the EC Chairperson, acting on the
instructions of the Economic and Organised Crime Office, suspended one of the
Deputy Commissioners, Georgina Opoku Amankwah, and Mr Kwaku Owusu Agyei-Larbi,
the Chief Account, was asked to proceed on leave.

However, the two
persons later resisted their suspension.

Mr Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu
explained that the current petition by some workers of the EC for the Chairperson
to be impeached is as a result of her attempt to suspend some officials at the
Commission, adding; “that is what is playing out there in the media.”

He said the signs on
the wall were clear when the EC officials appeared before the Finance Committee
of Parliament for their budget review without the Chairperson.

He said there was bad
blood between the Chairperson and some of the Deputy Commissioners and that he
was not surprised at the current turn of events at the Commission.

Mr Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu
said as a result of the current internal wrangling at the Commission certain
non-election related matters that should be attended to such as the
refurbishment of stocks of biometric equipment and verification machines were
now on hold.

He said the IT
Department of the Commission, which the officials should be attending to in
readiness for the 2018 District Assemblies Elections and referendums in some of
the regions had been shelved.

He said certain
contractors of the EC had also not been paid because claims had not been
submitted to the House as a result of those internal rows.


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