- A petition to annul the appointment of Jean Mensa as EC boss has been quashed
- The sacking of Charlotte Osei sparked outrage among opposition NDC which describes the move as politically motivated
- Jean Mensa has so far been tagged as having a soft spot for the NPP
The Supreme Court has thrown out an injunction application against the president to appoint a new electoral commissioner.
This injunction application was filed by a concerned Ghanaian called Fafali Nyonator who made the case that the sacking of Charlotte Osei and her two deputies was against the 1992 Constitution.
According to Fafali Nyonator, the special committee headed by the Chief Justice to terminate the contract of the EC boss was in contravention of laws which makes the electoral commission immune from presidential interference.
Amidst the firm arguments by the concerned citizen, the entire application was quashed by a seven-member panel of the Supreme Court unanimously dismissed the interlocutory application.
According to the ruling by the judges, the application was of no relevance especially when the Supreme Court has been enshrined with judicial powers to nullify the appointment of Mrs. Jean Mensah if the substantive case succeeds.
This Supreme Court ruling puts to rest high suspicions that the appointment of a new electoral commissioner could be reverted should any injunction application against such appointment be possible.
Meanwhile, sources close to YEN.com.gh argue that the decision by the Supreme Court to nullify the injunction application could be the only resolve to calm the waters at the electoral commission.
In fact, a ruling against the appointment of Jean Mensah could mean a possible return of Charlotte Osei as the EC boss in Ghana.
Already, there have been concerns over the neutrality of the new EC chair, Jean Mensah. The National Democratic Congress (NDC) argues that the obvious political slant of Jean Mensah made her nomination the gravest mistake the NPP administration ever made in its political history.
In fact, there have been accounts of the bad blood between Jean Mensah and the NDC mainly in the lead-up to the 2012 elections which saw the then late former president, John Evans Atta Mills, elected president of Ghana.
Removal of Charlotte Osei
The sacking of Charlotte Osei and her two deputies from the electoral commission was contained in a statement from the presidency. This statement argued that the president's decision to kick all three officials out was based on grounds of "misconduct and incompetence."
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.
These angry workers from the EC 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, DreamOval which she paid $76,000 to.
Charlotte Osei's response
Sacked Chairperson of the Electoral Commission (EC), Charlotte Osei, has indicated that she is not bothered by her recent troubles, and has thanked God for not giving her away as “prey.“
In what looks like a coded Instagram post, the embattled EC boss referred to herself as 'the truth' passing through 'fire' in the wake of her removal.
Using an African proverb, Charlotte Osei posted: "The truth passes through fire and never burns." So far, the removal of Charlotte Osei has sent shock waves to some political critics of government like the NDC which believes the action is an attempt by the government to sabotage future elections in their favour.
What's next for new EC chairperson, Jean Mensa?
Following the loud suspicions and allegations of doing the bidding of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) which started way back in 2012 by the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), it is clear for all to see that Mrs. Jean Mensa has a lot of cleaning to do.
First will be to win the trust of many as a neutral and open-minded public official whose job it is to remain politically neutral on all fronts. Her appointment comes in the wake of the sacking of her predecessor, Charlotte Osei, which has sparked anger and fury in the quarters of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC).
What is left at the EC for Jean Mensah to manage is a divided commission which needs to be amended and brought back to the standing it deserves to be as one of the powerful organs in Ghana today.
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