The Chairperson of the Electoral Commission (EC), Charlotte Osei, has sued the lawyer for the faceless petitioners who signed the petition presented to President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo by some employees of the Commission, Matthew Opoku Agyemang.
According to her, “This is certainly not a new practice in Ghana’s public service. Indeed, the office of the Chief of Staff provided and continues to provide vehicles for many government institutions and appointees,” Mrs Osei stated in a 17 paged document response to a petition by unknown concerned staff of the EC through their lawyer to the President for her impeachment.”
Some staff of the Electoral Commission (EC) of Ghana on July 19 filed a petition against the Chairperson calling for a full-scale investigation into alleged misconduct and abuse of office on her part.
The concerned staff in a petition claim her decision to cancel a contract awarded to Superlock Technologies Limited (STL), a company contracted to supply and manage Biometric Voter Registration machines (BVRs) and the Biometric Voter Devices (BVDs), as well as her directive for the payment of $76,000 to IT firm, Dream Oval, were fraudulent and hence she should be removed from office.
Charlotte Osei, following the petition, ordered her legal team to consider suing the petitioners for defamation and also demanded their names are made known to her.
The suit was filed at the High Court on Tuesday, July 25.
Mrs Osei had declared her intention to sue the faceless staff for defamation and requested the lawyer to produce their names.
“Whilst he claims to act on behalf of ‘Concerned Staff’ of the Commission, he has not made clear who those ‘staff’ indeed are.”
Mrs Osei explained that this was of particular importance as he, Mr Opoku-Agyemang, had previously introduced himself at another forum as counsel for Ms Georgina Opoku-Amankwaa, the Deputy Chairperson Corporate Services of the Commission.