The National Democratic Congress (NDC) has said that the decision by President Nana Akufo-Addo to sack the Chairperson of the Electoral Commission (EC), Charlotte Osei, as well as her two deputies from office, is an attempt to rig the 2020 elections.
“They [NPP] have failed already. Ghanaians, everywhere you pass, are saying, for this government, we will see its back in 2020,” the National Organiser of the NDC, Kofi Adams said in a press conference on Thursday night.
“…So the attempt and the fear, for which reason, they have set out to remove an arbiter of our elections and the two deputies so as to allow them to continue their rigging machinery. Ghanaians will not allow that to happen” he added.
Mr. Adams announced that, the NDC and some opposition parties will hit the streets of Accra on Friday, 30 June 2018 “to show their anger” to the government over the removal of the three top EC officials.
President Nana Akufo-Addo on Thursday, 28 June fired Mrs Osei and her two deputies, Georgina Opoku Amankwah and Amadu Sulley.
A committee set up by the Chief Justice, Justice Sophia Akuffo, to investigate separate complaints brought against the three persons by Ghanaian citizens, recommended their removal.
In 2017, a five-member committee was set up by Chief Justice to investigate alleged act of corruption involving Mrs Osei and her two Deputies.
Some staff of the EC petitioned Nana Akufo-Addo to remove Mrs Osei from office over allegations of fraud and financial malfeasance as well as abuse of office.
Mrs Osei also counter-alleged corruption against his deputies insisting that she has 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.