President Akufo-Addo yesterday removed from office the chairperson of the Electoral Commission (EC), Charlotte Osei and her two deputies, Amadu Sulley and Georgina Opoku-Amankwah.
This was after a committee set up by Chief Justice Sophia A.B Akuffo to investigate allegations of misconduct and incompetence found them guilty.
The committee also investigated allegations of abuse of office and conflict of interest.
The three have been involved in heated and spirited media warfare, accusing each other of wrongdoing.
It follows a petition filed by three citizens for their removal from office.
A statement issued and signed by Information Minister, Mustapha Abdul Hamid yesterday evening said:
“The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has, on Thursday, 28th June, 2018, removed from office the chairperson of the Electoral Commission, Mrs. Charlotte Osei, and her two deputies, Mr. Amadu Sulley and Ms. Georgina Opoku-Amankwah, with immediate effect.”
This was after the committee set up by the Chief Justice, pursuant to Article 146(4) of the Constitution, to investigate separate complaints brought against the three persons by Ghanaian citizens, recommended their removal from office.
The statement said “the committee recommended their removal on the basis of stated misconduct and incompetence, pursuant to Article 146(1) of the Constitution.”
The provisions of Article 146(9) of the Constitution require the President of the Republic to act in accordance with the recommendations of the Committee.
President Akufo-Addo has since directed the three persons to hand over their respective schedules to the Director for Human Resource and General Services of the Electoral Commission (EC).
He thanked them for their services to the nation.
Sources said the president communicated the CJ committee’s recommendations to the affected people yesterday.
The in-camera proceedings reportedly ended on Thursday, May 19 when the petitioners and respondents in the matter officially closed their cases.
Both the petitioners and the three EC bosses, namely Charlotte Osei, Amadu Sulley in-charge of Operations and Georgina Opoku Amankwah in-charge of Corporate Services were given up to June 8 to file their addresses for which they complied.
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