I cried like a baby over Charlotte Osei’s removal – Ndebugri

Former Member of Parliament for Zebilla, John Ndebugri has revealed that he wept uncontrollably when news got to him that Charlotte Osei had been dismissed as the chairperson of the Electoral Commission.

The private legal practitioner argues that none of the six allegations that were made against Charlotte Osei were proven by her accusers.
“I spent the whole night reading the excellent address put together by her lawyer, Thaddeus Sory. I had to pause and cry.

“The committee rested its report contrary to the evidence on record. Mrs Charlotte Osei must apply for judicial review in the nature of a certiorari to quash this unreasonable decision. It’s sad for Ghana.

“If this is the way we have to go, then all of us are not safe, not only Mrs Charlotte Osei. There’s no article of the constitution of Ghana which provides that breach of any statute [Act 663] should be a ground for removal from office of the EC Chairperson,” he stated.

Mr Ndebugri said the outcome of the committee’s report was travesty of justice, adding that, “Charlotte has been given a raw deal”.

He added: “A judicial review in the nature certiorari to quash the decision of the committee will be the appropriate remedy but not an appeal.

“The new person could be injuncted from holding the office until the final determination of judicial review proceedings”.

Mrs. Osei and two of her deputies, Amadu Sulley and Georgina Opoku Amankwa, were on Thursday, June 28 removed from office as Commissioners of the Electoral Commission (EC) by Nana Akufo-Addo on grounds of “stated misbehaviour and incompetence”.

Their removal rides on the back of recommendations from a committee set up by the Chief Justice to investigate the three on allegations brought against them by some staff of the Commission in July 2017.

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