Chief Justice begins impeachment process against EC bosses

The decision to form a committee follows the two separate petitions demanding the removal of the EC boss.

The Chief Justice, Sophia Akuffo has empanelled a committee to look into the alleged abuse of power and corruption scandal that have rocked the Electoral Commission, the Daily Guide newspaper reports.

It appears that there are sufficient grounds for impeachment of the EC officers involved, who are believed to be at each other’s throats, a situation which is affecting the operation of the election management body.

A five-member committee is expected to investigate the EC Chairperson Charlotte Osei together with her two deputies, Georgina Opoku Amankwah who is in charge of Corporate Service and Amadu Sulley, in charge of Operations as prescribed under Article 146 of the 1992 Constitution.

The committee to be presided over by a Supreme Court judge has two other Court of Appeal judges (male and female) as well as two other members nominated by the Council of State (male and female) as its membership.

The decision to form the committee follows the two separate petitions demanding the removal of the EC boss.

Some workers petitioned the president, Nana Akufo-Addo, asking for investigations into allegations of fraud and financial malfeasance against the Chair of the election management body.

They are also demanding her removal over allegations that she terminated a contract with STL and unilaterally renegotiated a contract with a vendor of the EC for $21,999,592 without informing her deputies or other commissioners.

Mrs. Osei in a response also accused her deputy Chairpersons of the Commission of arrogance and illegally signing contracts worth over GHc 40 million without her approval.

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