EC staff drags Charlotte Osei to Special Prosecutor

[L-R] Special Prosecutor, Martin Amidu and former EC chair, Charlotte Osei
[L-R] former AG, Martin Amidu and EC chair, Charlotte Osei
Some staff of the Electoral Commission whose petition got Charlotte Osei removed as EC chairperson have petitioned the Special Prosecutor, Martin Amidu, to have her investigated for allegedly causing financial loss to the state.

The petition signed by Forson Ampofo and Godsway Dadjoe cited as suspicious deals, the Aerovote, STL, Dreamoval, and Quarzar contracts, which they claim were signed by the EC under Charlotte Osei.

“The procurement activities include the engagement of Sory@Law and Associates for the Commission, the award of several contracts to STL, the two contracts for the partitioning and consultancy service of the new office block, the three contracts awarded for the construction of pre-fabricated district offices of the Commission and consultancy services thereof; the two contracts awarded to Dreamoval Ltd,

“… and finally the two contracts awarded to Quazar Limited from South Africa. Evidence before the committee showed that all these contracts were awarded by Mrs. Charlotte Osei contrary to the Public Procurement Act”, portions of the petition sighted by reads.

The petitioners also want Charlotte Osei investigated for the new EC Head Office which they claim she acquired during her administration.

The staff in a press conference on July 9 said,  the removal of Mrs. Osei in particular is not enough and that they will adopt “all legal means available to ensure that her removal is permanent and cast in stone”.

Read:‘We won’t rest till Charlotte Osei is prosecuted’ – EC workers vow

President  Akufo-Addo on June 28 removed Charlotte Osei and her two deputies – Amadu Sulley and Georgina Opoku Amankwa from office upon the recommendation of a committee set up by the Chief Justice, to investigate separate complaints brought by some Ghanaian citizens.

Charlotte Osei was accused of various procurement breaches, whilst her deputies were also found guilty of the same offenses as well as financial malfeasance.

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The staff of the EC first petitioned President Nana Akufo-Addo in July last year, to remove Charlotte Osei from office over allegations of fraud and financial malfeasance as well as abuse of office.

Some of the allegations involved the unilateral award of contracts by the former EC boss in the run-up to the 2016 general elections.


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