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25 July 2017

Probe EC’s alleged rot – GII to Gov’t

The Ghana Integrity Initiative – the local chapter of Transparency – is calling on President Akufo-Addo to as a matter of urgency intervene and probe the murky issues that has hit the Electoral Commission(EC), specifically the aspects of corruption claims.

GII says the image of the election management body has been battered lately regarding the controversial issues emerging from the commission, hence “this is the only way to halt any 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 responded to the claims by her boss by justifying some decisions taken without recourse to due process.

But the GII in a statement signed by the Executive Director, Linda Ofori-Kwafo said GII is specifically calling for thorough investigations into the matters bothering on abuse of office and corruption, eventhough several issues have come to the fore as a result of the allegations that require investigations.

“Specific mention can be made of the following allegations: i. The Involvement of the two Deputy Chairpersons of the Commission in procurement irregularities in May 2015 involving $22.3 and $16.4m for the purchase of BVDs
– ii. The Deputy Chairperson signing contracts worth over GHS40m without requisite approval and authorization.
– iii. The Deputy Chairperson collection of GHC6m (Six million Ghana cedis) from political parties for the conduct of party primaries without recourse to the structures of the Electoral Commission iv. The illegal vote transfers on the Voter management System by the Deputy Chairperson in charge of Operations.

“Furthermore, GII calls on the office of the President to update Ghanaians on the status of the petition received from the “concerned staff’ of the Commission on the Chairperson, Mrs. Charlotte Osei.

“GII also wish to commend EOCO for commencing investigations into earlier allegations.

“Finally, GII wants to appeal to politicians to desist from the politicization of these matters and allow due process to be followed in order not to undermine the importance of the Commission in Ghana’s democratic process.”

 

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