Kweku Baako in court over Charlotte Osei’s dismissal

Kweku Baako in court over Charlotte Osei’s dismissal

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Editor-in-Chief of the New Crusading Guide newspaper,  Kweku Baako, has moved to the Supreme Court, to challenge the dismissal of the former EC boss Charlotte Osei.

Kweku Baako believes the committee that recommended the removal of Mrs Osei from office exceeded its powers.

The veteran journalist is praying the Supreme Court to hold that the Chief Justice’s prima facie determination against Charlotte Osei was inconsistent and in violation of Article 146 (3) of the 1992 Constitution.

The reliefs Kweku Baako is seeking include a declaration that upon a true and proper construction of Article 146 (1) of the 1992 Constitution, a petition for the removal of the chairperson of the EC, pursuant to the provisions of Article 146, was only valid if such a petition alleged stated misbehaviour or incompetence relating to the performance of the core constitutional functions of the chairperson of the EC.

He is also seeking a declaration, among others that, the finding by the Chief Justice (CJ) that a prima facie case had been made out in respect of six allegations contained in the petition for the removal of Mrs Osei pursuant to Article 146 of the Constitution and which allegations were not founded on acts of stated misbehaviour or incompetence against Mrs Osei in the performance of her core functions as Chairperson of the EC was unconstitutional, null, void and of no effect.

He wants the Supreme Court to declare that the recommendations for the removal of Mrs Osei upon which the President acted were inconsistent with Articles 43 (1)(a), 44 (2), 45 and 146 (1) of the 1992 Constitution and for that matter, null, void and of no effect.

Charlotte Osei was on Thursday, June 28, 2018, dismissed by President Akufo-Addo based on a committee’s recommendation.

President Akufo-Addo in the statement signed by the information Minister Mustapha Hamid also dismissed the two deputies Amadu Sulley and Georgina Opoku Amankwa

Charlotte Osei according to the Committee, breached procurement laws in the award of several contracts in her three-year period at the helm of affairs, prior to the 2016 elections.

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