President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo last night dismissed from office Madam Charlotte Osei, Chairperson of the Electoral Commission (EC), together with her two deputies, Amadu Sulley and Georgina Opoku Amankwah.
According to a statement signed by the Minister of Information, Mustapha Hamid, their dismissal comes after a committee set up by the Chief Justice, Justice Sophia Akuffo, pursuant to Article 146(4) of the Constitution, to investigate separate complaints brought against the three persons by Ghanaian citizens, recommended their removal from office”.
Following the procedure, we have a compiled a list of 7 facts you must know about their dismissal.
• The Government has absolutely no role in the sacking of Charlotte Osei.
• It started with infighting among commissioners with allegations and counter allegations and the evidence which they threw at each other were what formed the crux of the petition.
• Once the petitions were sent to the President in accordance with Article 146(3) he had no choice but to exercise only one constitutional duty which was to “refer the petition to the Chief Justice, who shall determine whether there is a prima Gavor case.”
• In the case of the CHRAJ Boss, President Mahama even exercised the powers under Art 146(10)(b) and suspended her.
• Next point is that once the Committee appointed by the CJ has done its inquiry (which is like an inquisitorial trial held in camera) it SHALL make its “recommendations to the Chief Justice who shall forward it to the President.”
• Article 146(9) the President has no option but to act on the recommendations. It reads, “The President shall, in each case, act in accordance with the recommendations of the committee.”
• Article 146(5). “The Committee appointed under clause (4) of this article shall investigate the complaint and shall make its recommendations to the Chief Justice who shall forward it to the President “.