- President Akufo-Addo has said that the new Chairperson of the Electoral Commission must be transparent and non-partisan
- The President on Thursday night announced in a statement that he had removed the Electoral Commission chairperson, Charlotte Osei and her two deputies
President Akufo-Addo appears to have jabbed former Chairperson of the Electoral Commission (EC), Charlotte Osei, in an attempt to explain why she was removed from office.
According to him, the fact that the sacked EC boss is “beautiful” does not mean she is above the law and cannot be dealt with when she goes wrong.
Charlotte Osei was last Thursday relieved of her duties as EC boss by the President following a recommendation from the Chief Justice.
She was sacked together with her two deputies, Amadu Sulley and Georgina Opoku Amankwa over alleged cases of incompetence and diversion of funds.
The decision to sack the trio, especially Mrs. Osei, has not gone down well with a section of the public, with the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) suggesting there was an orchestrated plan from the government to remove her from office.
However, speaking to the Ghanaian community in Nouakchott, Mauritania when he landed in the country for the 31st ordinary session of the African Union, President Akufo-Addo explained that he had no choice than to fire the embattled EC boss.
He further aimed a jab at Mrs. Osei, saying although she is beautiful, she is not exempted from the law when she falls short.
“We can’t look at somebody and say because of your beauty the law does not apply to you; that is not how the law works,” the President said.
He added that his hands were tied in taking the decision to sack the Electoral Commissioner and her two deputies, once the committee set up by the Chief Justice recommended it.
“I don’t have the power to say I disagree with the Committee; the law does not give me the power to investigate on my own to say I disagree with the committee,” President Akufo-Addo explained.
“The law says whatever recommendation the committee will present, I as the President, ought to obey and implement. That is why I removed madam Charlotte Osei and her two deputies from Office.”
He added: “The law is applicable to everyone in Ghana including me. If you do anything against the law, the law ought to be applied. It is painful but that’s what has happened.
“We should all understand that it is not because of hatred or because we just wanted ways to remove her from office.
“I urge Ghanaians to let understanding prevail in this matter so we look for new people who will come and work without any squabbles between them.”
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