The removal of Mrs Charlotte Osei from office as Chairperson of the Electoral Commission (EC) together with her two deputies, Georgina Opoku Amankwaa and Amadu Sulley has nothing to do with the government, the Minister of Information, Dr Mustapha Abdul-Hamid has said.
According to him, their removal was self-inflicted.
Addressing a press conference in Accra on Friday. Dr Abdul-Hamid said it was obvious that the removal has nothing to do with "the President, his government, the NPP or, indeed, any political party. It is purely an internally generated matter."
He said: "the matters that became the subjects of the petitions against the former Electoral Commissioner and her colleagues were the same set of allegations which they themselves threw against one another in the media and in the public space, including Mrs Osei’s allegation that Mr Amadu Sulley misused GHS6m from the political parties and the counter allegation against her that she abused the procurement processes in several contracts."
"What we have seen appears to be high simmering tensions within the Electoral Commission, which resulted in an implosion after the 2016 elections. These are the facts of the matter and these are the very facts that the Constitution of the Republic were applied against. Remember that the President took an oath to abide by the dictates of the Constitution of Ghana, failing which he pledged to subject himself to penalties arising therefrom. He has done nothing more or less than to uphold the Constitution of the Republic of Ghana," Dr Abdul-Hamid added.
Below is a copy of the press statement from government