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Revealed: Akufo-Addo settles on new EC chair

There are reports that President Akufo-Addo would name new chairman of the Electoral Commission this week.

The state-owned newspaper, Daily Graphic, is quoting a source at the presidency, revealing that two additional deputies would also be announced.

The report however did not drop any name or gender except to say “the president will name a unifier who will be embrace by all’.

According to the report, the president after extensive consultations have settled on someone whose personality and integrity would be accepted by all political parties and the citizenry in general.

There are currently two writs pending at the Supreme Court challenging the removal of the former Chairperson of the EC, Mrs Charlotte Osei.

In two separate suits, the plaintiffs, Ms Fafali Nyonator and the Editor-in-Chief of the New Crusading Guide newspaper, Mr Abdul Malik Kweku Baako, are praying the Supreme Court to overturn the decision of the committee that recommended Mrs Osei’s removal on the grounds of stated misbehaviour and incompetence.

The Supreme Court is yet to fix dates for the hearing of the cases.

Background

Charlotte Osei was removed on June 28, 2018 based on recommendations of the committee set up to investigate her and her deputies over allegations of corruption and misconduct.

A statement signed and issued by the Minister of Information, Dr Mustapha Abdul-Hamid, had said: “The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has, on Thursday, June 28, 2018, removed from office the Chairperson of the Electoral Commission, Mrs Charlotte Osei, and her two deputies, Mr Amadu Sulley and Ms Georgina Opoku-Amankwah, with immediate effect.

“This was after the committee set up by the Chief Justice, Justice Sophia Akuffo, pursuant to Article 146 (4) of the Constitution, to investigate separate complaints brought against the three persons by Ghanaian citizens recommended their removal from office.”

It added: “The committee recommended their removal on the basis of stated misbehaviour and incompetence, pursuant to Article 146(1) of the Constitution.

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

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