- Charlotte Osei says no media accreditation money missing from EC's account
- She it was an oversight not to have been captured in the financial report of the EC
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Madam Charlotte Osei, the chairperson of the Electoral Commission (EC) has clarified that, monies collected from some media practitioners in run up to the 2016 election are not missing as being speculated.
According to her, the full amount of the cash including other internally generated funds are currently deposited in the commission’s bank accounts.
Speaking on the floor of parliament today, Madam Osei, said the failure to capture the total amount of GHc42,710 collected from journalists in the EC’s 2017 financial report was an oversight.
The Electoral Commission’s decision to collect an accreditation fees from media houses before covering the 2016 election was met by fierce resistance but the EC was firm on its position.
In few weeks ago, there were reports that, the total amount of money collected from the excercise had gone missing together some other monies, as EC had failed to account for them in its report.
The discrepancies in the commission’s financial report pushed the Member of Parliament for Subin, Eugene Antwi, to file an urgent question before the House, which suggested that the EC, did not raise funds internally in its operations in 2016.
But appearing before Members of Parliament today, Mrs Osei said the non-capturing of the monies which included over GHC2.5 million collected from replacing Voter’s ID cards was an ‘oversight’ and she would have to talk to the EC Financial Director who prepared the report.
She however clarified that, the commission received a total of GH¢2,590,080.47 to process replacement voter ID cards. Adding that, the monies are intact in a GCB account of the Commission. Insisting that, the EC cannot expend the money without the approval of the Finance Minister.
“When I got the letter from parliament inviting me to come and speak to how much we’ve collected for lost or replaced ID cards, I requested for the bank statement of the account and what I found in the statement is what I have come to report to the House”, she told the parliamentarians .
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