- Their reason is that proper investigations could be carried out if the commissioners in question are removed from office
- They have also suggested that a replacement should be found to take charge in their stead
The president of Ghana, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo – Addo has been advised by the Institute of Democratic Governance (IDEG) and the Civic Forum Initiative (CFI) to remove the chairperson of the Electoral Commission (EC), Charlotte Osei, and two of her deputies from office.
The heads of these two institutions have waded into the controversy surrounding the top officials of the Electoral Commission.
According to them, the action would pave way for proper investigations to be carried out.
In a joint statement, the heads of the two institutions, Dr. Emmanuel Akwetey – Executive Director of IDEG – and Maj. Gen. Nii Carl Coleman (Rtd) of the CFI further tasked the president to consult with the Chief Justice, the Speaker of Parliament and the Chairman of the Council of State, so that an interim chair of the EC would be appointed immediately.
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A petition reportedly submitted on behalf of a number of anonymous staff of the EC sought to have the chair removed from office on allegations of abuse of office.
Charlotte Osei responded by saying that some commissioners were the brains behind the attempt to remove her from office.
Two of them, Amadu Sulley, deputy commissioner in charge of operations and Georgina Opoku Amankwaah, who is in charge of corporate affairs, have since come out to deny their complicity in the matter.
IDEG and CFI are of the opinion that Osei and her deputies should step aside for someone else to take charge.
They concluded by appealing to the media, as well as political parties to refrain from politicizing the events occurring at the EC, and rather assist the Commission to carry out its mandate.
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