The dismissed Chairperson of the Electoral Commission (EC), Mrs Charlotte Osei has said posterity will judge her performance as the country’s EC boss for the past three years. According to her she did her job to the best of her ability.
Mrs Osei and her two deputies, Georgina Opoku Amankwah and Amadu Sulley were fired by President Nana Akufo-Addo on Thursday, 28 June 2018. 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 the Chief Justice to investigate alleged acts 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 her 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.
Reacting to her dismissal in a statement, Mrs Osei said she still holds the view and belief that Ghana 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.
Below is the full statement
I have been truly overwhelmed by the hundreds of calls, prayers and messages from all over the country and the international community, expressing shock and disappointment at the recommendation by the Committee (set up by the Chief Justice) to the President of the Republic, H.E. Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to remove me from office as the Chairperson of the Electoral Commission.
I wish to acknowledge all the concerns and to express my deep appreciation to all of you for the show of support. With the heartbreaking news of the sudden demise of our former Vice-President, H.E. Kwesi Bekoe Amissah-Arthur, I will at this time, withhold my response to the President’s decision, while we commiserate with his family and pray for the peaceful repose of his soul. At this sad time as a country, we are unified in our grief, respect and appreciation for this great man of our land and someone I had deep respect and admiration for.
Despite all the attacks, the character assassinations, the falsehoods, the curses, and the relentless plots and threats against my family and I over the past three years of my service as the Chair of the Electoral Commission, I chose to remain silent and focused on delivering on my constitutional mandate to the best of my ability. Indeed, the records show that I presided over the 2015 district assembly election and the 2016 presidential and parliamentary elections to the best of my ability. I prefer to leave the standard and quality of those elections for Ghanaians, history and posterity to judge. I still consider it a great honour and privilege to have been given the opportunity to serve my nation at very high levels during my period in public service.
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.
In due time there will be ample opportunity to fully address these matters once and for all. Thank you. God bless us all. Signed Charlotte Osei (Mrs.)