- Charlotte Osei says she possesses no government vehicle
- Media reports claim the Toyota Land Cruiser she possesses was a gift from John Mahama
- Charlotte Osei was sacked by President Akufo-Addo for 'incompetence and misbehaviour'
The former electoral commissioner, Charlotte Osei, has debunked claims of holding on to a government vehicle.
Reports from Myjoyonline.com show that Charlotte Osei had stated in a letter dated August 7, 2018, that she "returned all vehicles and other assets belonging to the Commission".
This letter, according to reports, was written to the director of administration at the commission and requested a confirmation in writing about assets she has returned and any other to be returned.
Also, the Daily Guide newspaper claims that Charlotte Osei had insisted the Toyota Land Cruiser V8 she was keeping was a personal gift from the former president, John Dramani Mahama.
Myjoyonline.com further claims that the former EC Boss rather contacted the presidency to come for a vehicle in her possession which was given her in 2015, following her appointment.
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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