Presidency sponsored Charlotte Osei’s removal – NDC

The National Democratic Congress, NDC, says the findings that were made against the former chairperson of the Electoral Commission, Charlotte Osei by the committee set up to investigate allegations against her were “mere breaches of the constitution”.

Speaking on behalf of the party on Joy FM’s news analysis show, “News File” on Saturday, Rockson-Nelson Dafeamakpor, said the infractions as mentioned in the committee’s report do not warrant her removal from office.

He argues that even though the committee indicted her for breaching the procurement laws in award of several contracts, it is not significant to warrant her dismissal.

In his estimation, the five-member committee that was constituted by the Chief Justice conducted its work to satisfy the political agenda of the ruling party.

According to the MP for South Dayi, the fact that the NPP threatened to dismissed Charlotte Osei after she was appointed by former President John Mahama in 2015, when they were in opposition, should not be swept under the carpet.

“It is imperative to analyze what members of the NPP then in opposition said in 2015. In fact, senior party members were categorical that they were going to remove her should they win the elections and they carried out their threat,” Mr Dafeamakpor stressed.

Against that backdrop, the MP advised Charlotte Osei to seek redress in court as her dismissal was sponsored and executed by the presidency.

President Akufo-Addo on Thursday night announced in a statement that he had removed the Electoral Commission chairperson, Charlotte Osei and her two deputies following receipt of the report of a committee set up by the Chief Justice, Justice Sophia Akuffo, pursuant to Article 146(4) of the Constitution, to investigate separate complaints brought by some Ghanaian citizens.

The Committee recommended their removal on the basis of stated misbehavior and incompetence, pursuant to Article 146 (1) of the Constitution.

The provisions of Article 146 (9) of the Constitution require the President to act in accordance with the recommendations of the Committee but some members of the largest opposition party, the National Democratic Congress (NDC) have accused the government to masterminding the removal due to the NPP’s public criticism and opposition to the appointment of Charlotte Osei.

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