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Electoral Commission Give me copy of petition seeking my removal – EC Chair

In a letter addressed to the Chief Justice and the President, she said even though she has cooperated with the committee, she is yet to receive a copy of the specific allegations being made against her by her staff.

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The embattled Chairperson of the Electoral Commission (EC) Charlotte Osei has asked the Chief Justice committee probing her and her two deputies to provide her with a copy of the petition seeking her removal.

In a letter addressed to the Chief Justice and the President, she said even though she has cooperated with the committee, she is yet to receive a copy of the specific allegations being made against her by her staff.

“Subsequent to my response to the allegations contained in the petition, I have heard no further from her ladyship the Chief Justice.”

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“I would appreciate being furnished with a copy of the  alleged petition to enable me seek the requisite legal advice.”

“I would also appreciate clarification as to the composition and terms of reference of the committee,” she added.

The EC boss and two of her deputies Amadu Sulley (in charge of Operations), and Georgina Amankwa (in charge of Corporate Services) appeared before the Chief Justice over allegations of mismanagement and incompetence at the commission.

They appeared on Monday (December 11, 2017).

The two deputies have accused their boss of financial mismanagement and poor leadership, an accusation she has rejected.

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Both parties have been given three weeks by the Chief Justice to file their statement of response to the committee after which the hearing will continue.

Background

Some workers of the EC 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.

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.

The petition was subsequently forwarded to the Chief Justice, Sophia Akuffo, as required by law, to establish a prima facie case based on which impeachment proceedings would commence against the EC chair.

The Chief Justice, Sophia Akuffo also 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.

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