- The EC boss says she demanded for a new office complex because the old Ridge office is not in good shape
- She says the roof leaks with major electrical wiring challenges which compromises safety
The Chairperson of the Electoral Commission, Madam Charlotte Osei, has explained that, she demanded for a new office complex from the presidency because the current Ridge Office, is not in good shape and compromises major public safety.
According to her, the current EC office complex, has leaking and damaged roofs with poor electrical wiring and also lacks modern facilities for storing election equipment.
Madam Osei in a response to some several allegations leveled against her, opined up that, the Commission requested for a new office complex in late 2015 to house the new secretariat of the Association of African Election Authorities (AAEA), since Ghana was voted as the permanent secretariat in July 2015.
But some aggrieved EC workers in a petition to President Akufo-Addo, has accused her of unilaterally awarding a contract to a tune of GHc3.9million in her bid to partition and demarcate the new office complex with total disregards of procurement laws.
They also accused the chairperson of making such office demands due to her affluence and flamboyant lifestyle.
But Charlotte Osei in her response insisted that, she went through due process by soughing for all necessary approvals of the project from the Public Procurement Authority.
Madam Charlotte Osei who is fighting back her accusers is hinting of a possible symbiotic relationship between the petitioners seeking her impeachment and her embattled deputy, Georgina Opoku Amankwaah.
With the names of the petitioners remaining unknown for the past days, Mrs Osei has pointed out that, her aggrieved deputies might be behind plots to have her dismissed.
The EC boss and Mrs Opoku Amankwaah are reported to have frosty relationship since her appointment as the head of the electoral body by former President Mahama in June, 2015.
Tensions have been simmering between them until it exploded, when the deputy was interdicted by anti-graft agency, the Economic and Organised Crime Office (EOCO) over some missing money.
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