Full Story: Charlotte Osei, 2 deputies sacked after CJ's recommendation

By Clement Edward Kumsah
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Charlotte Osei has been dismissed by President Akufo-Addo.

President Akufo-Addo in the statement signed by the information Minister Mustapha Hamid also dismissed the two deputies Amadu Sulley and Georgina Opoku Amankwa

According to the statement from the Presidency, the decision by President Akufo-Addo was based on some recommendations from a committee set up by the Chief Justice to investigate allegations levelled against the EC boss Charlotte Osei, and her two deputies Amadu Sulley and Georgina Opoku Amankwa.

Background

In December 2017, the EC Chairperson, Charlotte Osei and her two Deputies, Amadu Sulley (in charge of Operations) and Georgina Amankwa (in charge of Corporate Services) met with the Chief Justice over a petition filed against the Commission.

A five-member committee was subsequently set up by the Chief Justice to investigate the alleged corruption.

Some staff of the EC petitioned President Nana Akufo-Addo in July 2017, to remove Charlotte Osei from office over allegations of fraud and financial malfeasance as well as abuse of office.

Some of the allegations involved the unilateral award of contracts by the EC boss in the run-up to the 2016 general election.

The petition against her alleged among others the funnelling of GHc3.9 million to partition an office, the receipt of a Toyota Land Cruiser from the Mahama government, and the use of about $14 million when the Public Procurement Authority had authorized her to use only $7.5 million.

Charlotte Osei also responded by making allegations of corruption against her deputies.

She claimed she was only being hounded because she sought to introduce systems to curb mismanagement.

Charlotte Osei accused a deputy Chairperson of the Commission of illegally signing contracts worth over GHc 40 million without her approval.

Another individual, by name Douglas Seidu, also petitioned the President in August 2017 seeking the removal of Charlotte Osei, on grounds of “financial misconduct, incompetence, conflict of interest and breaches of the public procurement processes.

President Akufo-Addo in accordance with the constitution forwarded both petitions to the Chief Justice to look into the matter.

 

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