A founding member of the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP), Dr Nyaho Nyaho Tamakloe, has observed that the dismissal of Charlotte Osei as the Chairperson of the Electoral Commission was a bad precedence for the country.
“Once again, we have another interesting case, an electoral commissioner who has supervised an election which you won and she comes to declare that you have won the election – then later on through manoeuvring, you have the person ejected,” Dr Nyaho Tamakloe stated.
“It will definitely disturb our democratic credentials as a country in future. You set a precedence. When other political parties come to power and think whoever you have there will not favour him or her, they will definitely take the same step” he added.
Dr. Tamakloe, speaking to Politics&Power Magazine said the right procedures were not followed in dismissing the former EC boss.
“We have procedures which I believe we didn’t go through properly before this woman was sacked. I don’t know Charlotte Osei, I’ve never met her in my life before but I am speaking from the point of principle.”
The former Ghana’s Ambassador to Serbia and Montenegro also accused the Akufo-Addo led government as been deeply involved in the plot that led to the removal of Charlotte Osei as the Chairperson of the Electoral Commission.
Mrs Osei and two of her deputies—Amadu Sulley and Georgina Opoku Amankwah were sacked by President Akufo-Addo June this year.
Their dismissal was after the 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, recommended their removal from office.
President Akufo-Addo has since sworn in Ms Jean Mensa of the Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA) as the new chairperson of the Commission. He also swore in Samuel Tettey and Dr Eric Asare Bossman to fill in the void left behind by Mr Sulley and Ms Opoku Amankwah.