I survived the death threats and curses against me - Charlotte Osei

I survived the death threats and curses against me - Charlotte Osei

- Charlotte Osei has responded officially to her removal as EC chair

- The former EC commissioner has revealed how her life was on the line during her stay as EC boss

- Charlotte Osei and her two deputies have been removed for 'incompetence and misbehavior'

The electoral commissioner, Charlotte Osei, has issued a presser in response to her dismissal by the president of the republic, Nana Addo Danquah Akufo-Addo.

The former EC boss, first of all, thanked supporters by the 'hundreds of calls, prayers, and messages from all over the country and the international country'.

Charlotte Osei delved into the pain of having to supervise knife-edged elections in the country including the 2016 general elections which have been praised by the international community as a free and fair one.

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"Despite all the attacks, character assassinations, falsehoods, curses and the relentless plots and threats against my family and I over the past three years of my service as chair of the EC, I chose to remain silent and focused on delivering on my constitutional mandate to the best of my ability," excerpts of her statement read.'

A close assessment of the press statement by Charlotte Osei presents a former EC boss who has been bruised by how Ghana's political establishment treated her while being in office.

"I still hold the view and belief that our country deserves an Electoral Commission that is truly independent, unbiased, free, fair and firm, and can fight-off all attempts to politically capture, manipulate, influence and control it. This was always my cardinal objective and my approach to my work," she stated.

The dismissal of the EC heads has left three major spots in the country's electoral commission empty. What this means is that the president would have to, as a matter of urgency, nominate three officials who could do the job as spelled out in the 1992 Constitution.

Having been criticised for filling public positions with family and friends, Nana Addo is left with no option than to be extremely neutral on the appointment of an electoral commissioner.

In the meantime, there have been threats of demonstrations against Charlotte Osei's removal. The opposition NDC suspects government's "hidden agenda to rig elections in the future" through a new EC boss.

The threat of a massive demonstration saw the Ghana police issue a warning to the leadership of the NDC.

The firing of Charlotte Osei and her deputies traces back to a 27-point petition filed by some angry workers of the Electoral Commission (EC) who cited instances of the abuse of power, mismanagement of public funds and causing of financial loss to the state as probable reasons for their dismissal.

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These angry workers claimed Madam Osei fiercely abused the powers of her office in the awarding of "fraudulent" contracts to some companies including the Superlock Technologies Limited (STL) and IT Firm, Dream Oval which she paid $76,000 to.

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