Charlotte Osei's removal flawed – Lawyer

A private legal practitioner, Osman Alhassan, has questioned the grounds on which the former Chair of the Electoral Commission, Charlotte Osei, was removed from office...


A private legal practitioner, Osman Alhassan, has questioned the grounds on which the former Chair of the Electoral Commission, Charlotte Osei, was removed from office.

According to him, the charges leveled against Mrs Osei could not constitute a strong basis for her removal.

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, on Thursday, 28 June 2018, removed Mrs Osei and her two deputies: Amadu Sulley and Georgina Opoku Amankwah, from office.

A five-member committee set up by Chief Justice Sophia Akuffo to investigate separate complaints of alleged corruption and financial malfeasance brought against the three by Ghanaian citizens, recommended their removal.

Mrs Osei also counter-alleged corruption against his deputies insisting that she had done nothing wrong and only being hounded out because she is fighting internal graft.

The president, in accordance with the constitution, forwarded the petition to the Chief Justice to look into the matter.

But in a critique, Mr Alhassan said: “I do not think breaches or incorrect application of statute simplicita, if any, can constitute the kind of "misbehaviour and incompetence" that is contemplated under article 146(1) of the Constitution to ground the removal of the chair of the Electoral Commission from office.

“I come to that conclusion on two major grounds: the Constitutional parity of the EC Chairperson with a Court of Appeal or superior; Court justice, and the nature and standard of qualifications for the office.”

Source: Ghana/ClassFMonline.com/91.3FM



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