President Nana Akufo-Addo says he will appoint an apolitical person as replacement for dismissed EC officials
Speaking publicly on the dismissal of the three commissioners, Mrs. Charlotte Osei, Mr. Amadu Sulley and Mrs. Georgina Opoku Amankwah of the election management body, on Saturday 30th June 2018, at a town hall meeting in Nouakchott, Mauritania, ahead of the conduct of the 31st AU Summit, the president said, “We are not looking for persons who are coming to do a job for the NDC or for the NPP. We are looking for persons who are coming to do a job for Ghana. That is what we are looking for the Electoral Commission”.
The president stated that he had no choice but to act on the recommendations of the committee set up by the Chief Justice to investigate complaints against Mrs Osei and her two deputies, adding that he is duty-bound to uphold the teachings of the 1992 Constitution.
According to the president, whenever a petition for the removal of a high-ranking public official, like the Chairperson of the EC is forwarded to the president, all the president has to do, as is stipulated in the Constitution, is to refer the petition to the Chief Justice, for the determination of a prima facie case or otherwise.
Once a prima facie case is established, the Chief Justice, in accordance with Article 146(4) of the Constitution, must establish a Committee to investigate the complaints. The Committee, in turn will make its recommendations to the Chief Justice, who shall, then, forward it to the President.
President Akufo-Addo stressed that the process that led to the removal of Mrs Osei and her two deputies “was not borne out of hatred, or a deliberate orchestration to remove some persons from their jobs.”