The National Democratic Congress (NDC) has condemned the decision by President Nana Akufo-Addo to remove Chair of the Electoral Commission (EC), Charlotte Osei as well as her two deputies from office.
According to the NDC, the decision to oust Ghana’s First female Electoral Commission Chairperson is to pave way for the New Patriotic Party (NPP) to rig the elections in favor of the Akufo-Addo led government.
National Organiser of the NDC, Kofi Adams made the allegations known to journalists during the wee hours of Thursday, at the party’s headquarters where the party leaders officially registered their disapproval of the President’s decision that .
He said; “We learn with shock and sadness the decision of president Akufo-Addo to terminate the appointments of EC Chair and her two deputies’
Mr. Adams added; “We demand almost immediately that they must give us reasons for which they think that the chairperson and her two deputies should be removed from office. The attempt and the fear for which reason they have set out to remove an arbiter of our elections so that they can rig the 2020 elections,”
He further accused the Nana Akufo-Addo administration of embarking on needless transfer of workers at some state institutions including the Electoral Commission, which he said the NDC will employ legal means to resist.
“What they have done is to destroy our institutions but we will not allow them to extend their destruction to institutions to the electoral commission. This is an institution that we will religiously guide and protect,” he rallied the supporters who gathered at the event.
Minister of Information, Dr. Mustapha Hamid, in a statement issued Thursday, June 28, 2018, announced the removal from office of Charlotte Osei and her two deputies- Georgina Opoku Amankwaah and Sulley Amadu- for misbehaviour and incompetence.
The removal is on the recommendation of a committee set up by the Chief Justice Sophia Akuffo to investigate alleged acts of corruption, misconduct and misbehaviour by the three commissioners, the statement indicated.
By: Joseph Nii Ankrah