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Attorney General sued over Charlotte Osei’s removal

A private citizen has dragged the Attorney General, Gloria Akuffo, to the Supreme Court over the removal of the Chairperson of the Electoral Commission (EC), Charlotte Osei, from office.

Fafali Nyonator wants the apex court to declare that the Chief Justice, Sophia Akuffo, breached the Constitution and exceeded the limits of her powers by defining the scope of a committee of enquiry that probed a petition for the removal of Mrs. Osei.

The plaintiff also wants an order of perpetual injunction restraining President Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo from appointing Mr Osei’s replacement until that position has become lawfully vacant “in accordance with proper processes as by law established.”

The EC Chairperson, Charlotte Osei and her two deputies, Amadu Sulley and Georgina Amankwah, were removed from office following findings of a Committee set up by the Chief Justice to probe petitions of corruption and abuse of office.

The former EC Chair, among other things, was found culpable of breaching procurement laws in the award of a contract to Dream Oval and engaging the legal services of law firm Sory@ Law.

Background

Mrs Charlotte Osei and her two deputies, Amadu Sulley and Georgina Opoku Amankwaa, were removed from office in accordance with the recommendations of the Chief Justice’s committee which probed numerous allegations levelled against them.

Excerpts from the 54-page document which has been leaked to the media noted: “In all, the Chief Justice made a prima facie case against the Chairperson on six of the allegations contained in the said petition.”

According to a government statement issued Thursday and signed by Information Minister, Dr. Mustapha Hamid, the three top officials of the country’s elections management body have been removed for misbehaviour and incompetence.

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