We’ll report former EC boss to Special Prosecutor – Petitioners

The EC petitoners showing some documents to the Press.

The EC petitoners showing some documents to the Press.

The woes of dismissed Chairperson of the Electoral Commission (EC), Mrs. Charlotte Osei, are not over as workers of the EC, whose petition led to her sacking, are preparing to report her to the Office of the Special Prosecutor (OSP).

They are to submit the complaints in their petition, which served as grounds for her removal, to the OSP for investigation and possible prosecution, in addition to fresh allegations of conflict of interest and abuse of office.

“The fight for probity and accountability in the activities of Mrs. Charlotte Osei at the EC is by no means over. All the grounds for which she was found to be liable are also grounds upon which she can be prosecuted,” Rabui Sulemana, an Electoral Assistant at the EC’s Human Resource Department, said at a press conference in Accra yesterday.

It was attended by eight out of the 17 petitioners (one deceased), and their lawyers, who were clad in white, which they said was a symbol of victory.

On the fresh allegations, Mr. Sulemana said they had evidence that Mrs. Osei ignored a conflict of interest situation when she recommended , supervised, approved  and awarded a contract of about GH¢7.2million  to Aerovote Security Printing (Ghana) Limited to print  carbonised papers (pink sheets).

He alleged the director of the company used to be a client of Prime Attorneys, a law firm owned by Mrs. Osei and that the contract was influenced by  email correspondence between Mrs. Osei , lawyers of  Prime Attorneys and  a representative  of Aerovote, even before the procurement process started.

He said although the company was not included in the initial shortlisted companies approved by the Public Procurement Authority(PPA) , Mrs. Osei applied  to PPA to alter the list to include the company, thereby  excluding Buck Press Limited , a registered commission supplier ,  which was the most price competitive.

Mr Sulemana touching on claims that the petitioners were non-existent, said the names and signatures of all of them were presented as part of the petition to President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo and the Chief Justice; Madam Sophia Akuffo, and that Mrs. Osei and her lawyers were in the known of their identity.

He also refuted fraud allegations  that the petition was signed on behalf of a deceased staff of EC; George Adjavukewe, and showed an obituary and letter from his family informing the EC of his death, to prove that he died on November 20, 2017, months after the petition was filed in July 2017.

The leader of petitioners, Forson Ampofo ,  the Ashanti Regional Chairman of the EC Workers Union, said it was untrue that they were influenced by a political party or third parties to petition the President, explaining that efforts to resolve the misunderstanding between Mrs. Osei and one of her deputies internally were unsuccessful.

President Akufo-Addo on June 28, 2018 removed Mrs. Osei and two deputies; Amadu Sulley, and Ms Georgina Opoku Amankwaa from office, following recommendation of a committee set up by the Chief Justice to investigate alleged acts of corruption, misconduct and misbehaviour by the three commissioners.

By Jonathan Donkor and Abigail Afrakomah Nketia

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