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Former EC Chair, deputies could be prosecuted – Kpemka

The EC Chairperson and her deputies could be prosecuted for corruption upon a review of the report by his outfit, Deputy Attorney General, Joseph Kpemka has said.

According to Mr. Kpemka, though the EC Chair and her officials have been removed from office, they could be prosecuted if the Attorney General establishes that allegations made against them as contained in the committee’s report are true.

The Committee set up by the Chief Justice, Justice Sophia Akuffo established that Charlotte Osei, blatantly breached procurement laws in awarding several contracts in her three years at the EC.

Parts of the report sighted by Citi News indicates the committee investigated six separate allegations of various procurement breaches by Charlotte Osei.

“All the six allegations leveled against Madam Charlotte Osei for which a prima facie case was established by the Honourable Chief Justice, relates to breaches to the Public Procurement Act, Act 663, as amended by the Public Procurement (Amendment) Act, Act 914” the committee’s report stated.

For all the six allegations, the committee found her culpable and said her explanation that she was not aware that she needed to go through procurement for some of the contracts because the monies involved were from donor partners, is untenable.

The report has been submitted to the AG who is expected to take a final decision.

Mr. Kpemka on Eyewitness News indicated that though the committee had completed its work and presented its findings, the AG will review these findings before taking a decision.

“A group of people reviewed those documents and came to a conclusion, but the mandate lies on us to also review this document and come to our own conclusion and not necessarily the conclusions they came to so we can determine whether we will prosecute.

“When this reference is made to us, it is incumbent on the Attorney General to asses the documentation before and then based on whatever pieces of evidence have been gathered, then, of course, we can trigger the processes in court, and some criminal charges will flow…They could be prosecuted by the state.”

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