Heads divided at FlagStaff House over EC boss possible impeachment

Heads divided at FlagStaff House over EC boss possible impeachment

- EC chairperson to proceed on leave if the Economic and Organised Crime Office (EOCO) begins investigations

- Mrs. Charlotte Osei has responded to all the 28 allegations levelled against her in the petition, describing them as baseless and unfounded

Presidential staffers at the FlagStaff House are currently divided on a petition served President Akufo-Addo to have Chairperson of the Electoral Commission (EC), Charlotte Osei impeached.

The Today newspaper reports that some party executives of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) want the president to support the petition to remove the EC Chair, while others also hold contrary views.

Heads divided at FlagStaff House over EC boss possible impeachment

EC chairperson, Madam Charlotte Osei

EC boss Charlotte Osei has been in conflict with some of her subordinates, who have accused her of incompetence and also for breaching of the public procurement act.

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The petition, although presented on behalf of some faceless EC staff, has gathered pace, with the position of the EC boss now being threatened.

However, according to investigations by the Today newspaper, staffers at the FlagStaff House remain divided on the petition.

The paper reports that some members of the NPP believe supporting the petition for the impeachment of the EC Chair will not auger well for the party, praying for caution from the president in dealing with the issue.

On the contrary, others also believe it will serve as a payback time, especially with the EC boss being suspected to have been in support of the now opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) during the 2016 elections.

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While this has gone on in the background, there are some prominent figures who have openly stated their views on the matter.

Suspended founding member of the NPP, Dr Charles Wereko-Brobby, has already said that it would be better for President Akufo-Addo to throw away the petition, adding that impeaching the EC chair could have dire consequences on the democracy of Ghana.

Deputy Minister of Local Government and Rural Development, O.B. Amoah and fellow NPP stalwart Dr Richard Amoako Baah also believe the Economic and Organised Crime Office (EOCO) need to take the matter up, suggesting that the president must give the go-ahead for the impeachment process to begin.

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It is currently unknown which decision President Akufo-Addo will take, however, is now up to him to either forward the petition to the Chief Justice for a further probe or quash it.

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