The former electoral commissioner, Charlotte Osei, has issued a presser in response to her dismissal by the president of the republic, Nana Addo Danquah Akufo-Addo.
The former EC boss, in the press release, thanked supporters by the ‘hundreds of calls, prayers, and messages from all over the country and the international country’.
Mrs Osei delved into the pain of having to supervise knife-edged elections in the country including the 2016 general elections which have been praised by the international community as a free and fair one.
“Despite all the attacks, character assassinations, falsehoods, curses and the relentless plots and threats against my family and I over the past three years of my service as chair of the EC, I chose to remain silent and focused on delivering on my constitutional mandate to the best of my ability,” excerpts of her statement read.’
A close assessment of the press statement by Charlotte Osei presents a former EC boss who has been bruised by how Ghana’s political establishment treated her while being in office.
“I still hold the view and belief that our country deserves an Electoral Commission that is truly independent, unbiased, free, fair and firm, and can fight-off all attempts to politically capture, manipulate, influence and control it. This was always my cardinal objective and my approach to my work,” she stated.
Mrs Osei was found to have breached procurement laws in the award of several contracts in her three-year heading the EC.
This led to her, along with her two deputies, being removed from the commission.
The report of a committee set up by the Chief Justice, Sophia Akuffo, to probe the commission heads, recommended their removal from office.
Charlotte Osei was investigated over six separate allegations of various procurement breaches, for which a prima facie case was established.