- Deputy EC Commissioner Georgina Amankwah has rejected a EOCO directive to "proceed on leave"
- Deputy EC Commissioner's lawyers say EOCO order is "unconstitutional"
- Ms. Amankwah is being investigated over the disappearance of GHC480,000
Lawyers for the Deputy Commissioner of the Electoral Commission (EC), Asante-Krobea Sekyere & Associates, have written to the Chairperson of Electoral Commission notifying her that their client will not comply with the Economic and Organized Crime Office's (EOCO) order to "proceed on leave".
Deputy Commissioner of the Ghana Electoral Commission in charge of Finance, Ms. Georgina Opoku Amankwah, along with two other high ranking staff members, are currently being investigated by EOCO in connection to the disappearance of GHC480,000 from the EC's Endowment Fund.
According to the letter addressed to the EC's chairperson, the EOCO directive for Ms. Georgina Opoku Amankwah to "proceed on leave" while investigations proceed is unconstitutional.
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Ms. Amankwah's lawyers stated in the letter that according to Article 146 of the 1992 Constitution, civil servants of Ms. Amakwa's rank cannot be dismissed without the proper "processes and procedures", something EOCO's directive did not cover.
The letter, dated July 5th, 2017, signed by Mr. Kwame Owusu Sekyere, of Skyere and Associates, indicates that Ms. Georgina Opoku Amankwah has been advised not to heed the EOCO's directive.
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“Your letter dated 5 July 2017 and the attached letter from EOCO dated 4 July 2017 has been referred to us by our client Ms Georgina Opoku Amankwah to respond to same.
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Our client was appointed as a Deputy Commissioner of the EC which is an independent institution in accordance with Article 44 (3) of the 1992 Constitution of the Republic of Ghana. For your information, Article 146 of the Constitution sets up processes and procedure for dealing with allegations against persons of the status of our client.
From our reckoning, your letter does not comply with the said processes and procedure, for that runs counter to the processes and procedure laid down in the Constitution. Our client has been advised not to comply with your directive as same is unconstitutional. Please be advised accordingly.”
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