- The EC prepared and sent a contract valued at $14m to the PPA, but only $7.5m was approved
- It was in relation to securing office spaces as well as the purchase of equipment to enable the EC perform its duties
- The chairperson of the EC has been accused of complicity in fraudulent practices with regard to the handling of that contract
The heat still seems to be on, as beleaguered chairperson of Ghana’s Electoral Commission (EC) has been fingered in fresh allegations of fraud.
The details of the issue relate to the decision of the EC to award a contract for the provision of offices for EC staff, as well as equipment and election – related materials.
It is alleged that she awarded the contract at a cost of $14m.
The contract, which is expected to be approved by the Public Procurement Authority (PPA), was ratified and fixed at a cost of $7.5m.
The accusation levelled against her is to the effect that the deal was not sanctioned by the PPA, a claim she refutes.
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It has been proven that the PPA was written to, with respect to the same deal, and five companies were listed as prospective bidders.
The PPA is alleged to have responded to the EC’s letter, and approved a release of $7.5m for the project.
It is again alleged that in a rather bizarre twist of circumstances, the contracts were approved on December 19, 2016, and by that date, the general elections were over.
There is no record to prove that the EC went back to the PPA for another sum of money.
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Records also show that only two of the five contractors were handed the task, and agreements were signed in that regard. However, it is not clear if the contracts have been executed.
Allegations also coming up are to the effect that the value of the contracts were in excess of the approeved thresholds recommended by the PPA.
Again, one of the contractors is alleged to be related to the chairperson of the EC, creating a case of conflict of interest.
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