President Akufo Addo forwards petition against 2 EC deputy Commissioners to CJ

President Akufo Addo forwards petition against 2 EC deputy Commissioners to CJ

A petition that was presented to the President of the Republic of Ghana, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, to launch full scale investigations into the conduct of the two deputy Commissioners of the Electoral Commission, has been referred to the Chief Justice, Sophia Akufo.

The petition was presented to the office of the President on July 25, 2017, by Emmanuel Korsi Senyo, who described himself as a concerned citizen of the land.

Article 146(3) of the Constitution enjoins the President to refer a petition for the removal of a Justice of a Superior Court other than the Chief Justice or for the removal of the Chairman of a Regional Tribunal, to the Chief Justice, who shall determine whether there is a prima facie case.

The two deputy Commissioners of the electoral management body, Amadu Sulley and Georgina Opoku-Amankwa, together with the Chairperson of the Commission, Charlotte Osei, have been embroiled in controversy with the Chairperson accusing her deputies of engaging in alleged corrupt practices and vice versa.

In the heat of the conflict, some concerned staff of the Commission through their lawyer, Maxwell Opoku Agyemang, petitioned the President to probe Charlotte Osei.

Such petition has been referred to the Chief Justice as well.

The trio are therefore expected to come face-to-face with a Committee that will be constituted by the Chief Justice to look into the issues that have been referred to her.

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