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NDC calls off strike after Amissah-Arthur’s death

The NDC has called off protest over the dismissal of EC chair, Madam Charlotte Osei after the unfortunate news of the death of former Vice President, Kwesi Amissah-Arthur.

Members of the opposition National Democratic Congress, NDC, converged this morning at the Obra Spot in Accra to register their displeasure over the sack of the EC boss, but rescinded their decision on being hit by the sad news of Amissah-Arthur’s death.

They have noted that, their decision is just to give way for mourning the statesman but will reorganize to revisit the matter in due time.

President Akufo-Addo has fired, the Chairperson of the Electoral Commission (EC) Mrs Charlotte Osei, and her two Deputies, Mr Amadu Sulley and Ms Georgina Opoku Amankwah.

In a statement issued by Mustapha Abdul-Hamid, Information Minister, on Thursday said that the decision followed recommendations made by the Committee set up by the Chief Justice, to investigate complaints brought against the three.

The Committee had recommended their removal based on “stated misbehavior and incompetence, pursuant on Article 146 (1) of the Constitution”.

“The provisions of Article 146 (9) of the Constitution requires the President of the Republic to act in accordance with the recommendations of the Committee.”

The President directed that they hand over their schedules to the Director for Human Resource and General Services of the EC in the statement.

Some staff of the EC had petitioned the President to remove the EC Chairperson in July, last year, over claims of financial malfeasance and abuse of office.

There were also accusations and counter accusations by the Chairperson and her two Deputies and the petition was referred to the Chief Justice culminating in the setting up of a five-member committee was subsequently to investigate the alleged corruption.

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