EC accountant returns over GH¢400k ‘missing’ money

EC accountant returns over GH¢400k ‘missing’ money

- The chief accountant of the Electoral Commission has returned over GH¢400k missing cash to the state

- The chief accountant has been reinstated by the EC after being ordered by EOCO to proceed on leave

The embattled chief accountant of the Electoral Commission (EC), Kwaku Owusu Agyei-Larbi has refunded to the coffers of the EC an amount of GH¢436,402.00 handed him for safe keeping.

According to Citinewsroom.com report, this was after he was reinstated as the chief accountant of the Ghana’s election management body.

Mr. Agyei-Larbi was in July 2017 asked to proceed on leave by EOCO in the heat of the impasse at the EC to allow for an investigations of embezzlement of some endowment funds by some officials of the EC.

EC accountant returns over GH¢400k ‘missing’ money

Madam Charlotte Osei and her two deputies have been dismissed (Photo credit: Starrfmonline.com)

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The impasse led to the impeachment of the chairperson of the Commission Charlotte Osei and her two deputies for “misbehavior and incompetence”, pursuant to Article 146(1) of the Constitution.

The dismissal of the top officials of the EC was after a 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.

In a report released by the Chief Justice’s Committee recommended the removal of the EC Chair and her two deputies.

The report also submitted that Mr. Owusu-Larbi, be made to pay to the Commission the amount of GH¢ 360,000.00 he admitted had been in his custody in his office since 2016.

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The committee’s report also added that the chief accountant will face charges of stealing if he failed to pay the said amount to the EC.

However, in a petition dated July 3, 2018 to the presidency, Mr. Agyei-Larbi stated his readiness to swiftly comply with the report of the Chief Justice’s Committee dependent on his immediate reinstatement.

Subsequent to the petition, EOCO wrote to the EC on July 9, 2018 directing the Commission to recall Mr. Agyei-Larbi and he has since refunded the money in his custody after resuming work on Wednesday, July 11, 2018.

Meanwhile, in a letter dated Thursday July 12, 2018 to the Presidency, Jerry John K. Asiedu, lawyer for Mr. Agyei-Larbi said, “Subsequent to the above developments our client has retrieved from the safe in his office an amount of GHC436, 402 with the approval of the Human Resource Director of the EC to pay same into the EC IGF account at GCB bank".

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