By Maxwell Ofori .
The President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has removed from office the chairperson of the Electoral Commission, Mrs Charlotte Osei, together with two deputies, Mr Amadu Sulley and Mad Georgina Opoku Amankwah.
A statement issued by Information Minister and Presidential Spokesperson, Mustapha Abdul-Hamid last night indicated that President Akufo-Addo’s action followed a recommendation by the Committee set up by the Chief Justice, Sophia Akuffo to investigate complaints against the trio.
Two separate complaints were given to President Akufo-Addo immediately after he assumed office by two Ghanaian citizens on the conducts of the EC official.
The President forwarded them the CJ and she acted upon, leading to the recommendation for the removal, with immediate effect.
Read the full statement:
PRESIDENT AKUFO-ADDO REMOVES EC CHAIRPERSON & HER TWO DEPUTIES FROM OFFICE
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, Justice Sophia Akuffo, 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 Committee recommended their removal on the basis of stated misbehaviour 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 directed the three persons to hand over their respective schedules to the Director for Human Resource and General Services of the Electoral Commission, and thanked them for their services to the nation.
Mustapha Abdul-Hamid (PHD)
Minister for Information & Presidential Spokesperson.