- President Akufo-Addo is under pressure tor fire Madam Charlotte Osei and her two deputies
- Political parties, Civil Society Groups are mounting pressure on him to investigate the matter
It is emerging that, President Akufo-Addo is going under intense pressure at the presidency to investigation activities at the Electoral Commission (EC), after the eruption of unfolding scandal involving top members of the commissioners.
According to reports, some forces within the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Civil Society Groups as well as other political parties want the president to clean up the EC in order to restore public confidence.
The Chairperson of the EC, Madam Charlotte Osei has waged war against her two deputies and some aggrieved workers, after they petitioned the president to immediately impeach her amid some damning accusations of abuse of powers.
Madam Charlotte Osei has also accused a deputy commissioner in charge of operations Amadu Sulley, of extorting some cash from political parties to the tune of GHc6million without the knowledge of the Finance Department of the EC.
Amadu Sulley also stands accused of transferring votes illegally in a run up to the 2016 election, a claim he has denied.
The EC boss has also pointed accusing fingers at another deputy commissioner, Madam Georgina Opoku-Amankwa, of signing some fictitious contracts worth GHc40million without going through due process for approval. An allegations the commissioner has also rubbished.
But the NPP’s campaign manager in the 2016 elections, Peter Mac Manu, in a media interview insisted that the president must “call for a multi-dimensional or quasi-judiciary to investigate things that are coming out”.
On his side, the General Secretary of the Progressive People’s Party (PPP) Mutala Mohammed, also maintained in his view that “we all know their credibility and sanctity is soiled. Therefore there is a need for all commissioners to step aside for an independent commission to investigate into the allegations and tell the public whether it has merit or not".
To him, the only way to help restore lost integrity and credibility of the EC and also winning back public confidence is a thorough investigations.
Meanwhile, Mr George Lawson, the deputy General Secretary of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), says his party is only monitoring and observing how events unfold.
The Coalition of Domestic Election Observers (CODEO) is however calling for a cease fire and has requested for an investigation into the matter.
The national coordinator of CODEO, Albert Arhin, also a former Director of Operations at the Electoral Commission said “in the next few weeks or months, there should be a civil probe into all the allegations.”
The President has already received a petition demanding the removal of the chairperson of the EC and is expected to forward it to the Chief Justice Sophia Akuffo who will determine whether the claims are worth investigating.
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