Akufo-Addo refers petition against EC Deputy Chairs to CJ
President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has referred two petitions for the removal of two Deputy Chairpersons of the Electoral Commission (EC), Georgina Opoku Amankwa and Amadu Sulley from office to the Chief Justice, Sophia Akuffo.
Director of Communications, Eugene Arhin disclosed this in a statement on Friday, 28 July 2017.
Mr Emmanuel Korsi Senyo, a concerned citizen wrote the petition asking that the president invokes the provisions of Article 146(3) of the Constitution to impeach the two and delivered it to the presidency on 25th July, 2017.
“President Akufo-Addo, pursuant to the terms of Article 146(3), has, thus, referred both petitions to the Chief Justice for resolution, in accordance with the provisions of Article 146(3),” the statement said.
This comes two days after the president referred a petition by some faceless staff of the Election management body calling for the impeachment of the EC Chairperson, Charlotte Osei to the Chief Justice.
There is great tension at the EC especially between the Chairperson and her deputies.
Some staff of the EC petitioned President Akufo-Addo to remove Mrs Osei from office over allegations of fraud and financial malfeasance.
Mrs Osei has counter-alleged corruption against his deputies insisting that she has done nothing wrong but being hounded because she is fighting internal graft.
She has also sued the lawyer representing the anonymous petitioners, Maxwell Opoku-Agyemang, for defamation.
The accusations and counter allegations have thrown the EC into a state of turmoil with critics saying it has lost its credibility to conduct elections in the future in its current state.