…Over Charlotte Osei 2017 Chatham House Award petition
Mr. James Kwabena Bomfeh, aka Kabila, the Director of Elections for the Convention People’s Party (CPP),a has described New Patriotic Party (NPP) affiliated group, the Alliance for Accountable Governance (AFAG), as a nonentity group with little or nothing important to talk about, as far as governance is concerned and urged well meaning Ghanaians to disregard any of their utterances since it does not contribute to the uplift of the country’s democratic credentials.
Mr. Bomfeh was reacting to a statement in connection with an AFAG petition to the Royal Institute of International Affairs of the UK not to name the chairperson of the Electoral Commission, Charlotte Osei, as the 2017 Chatham House prize-winner.
In a letter date 25th April, 2017 , under the heading “Mrs Charlotte Osei, Ghana’s Electoral Commissioner, Unfit for Chatham House Prize” and signed by the chairman of the group, Dr. Nana Ayew Afriyie, among other reservations raised in the letter, accused the commissioner that under her watch the Electoral Commission was dragged to court on several issues, and that the impunity with which she acted on several occasions and her blatant disregard for Supreme Court rulings against her outfit makes her unfit and undeserving for your noble prize.
AFAG also noted that the EC, under Mrs. Charlotte Osei, failed to capture two sources of internally generated funds (IGF) in its 2017 budget estimates presented to Ghana’s parliament in April, 2017 and said it is a clear case of graft distasteful in all intents.
But the former AFAG member disagrees with the position taken by his former comrades on Mrs. Osei, and told this paper that instead of vilifying her, the executives of AFAG should be applauding Madam Charlotte Osei for doing such a great job conducting one of the most successful elections in the country an effort which had been commended by reputable international organizations and governments around the world.
He said the commissioner gave proof of herself in the 2016 general elections, despite the various accusations levelled against her by some elements within New Patriotic Party, then in opposition, and challenged AFAG to produce evidence that clearly points to the fact that there were delays in the declaration of the presidential results in the 2016 elections with considerations to the announcement of results in previous elections. “If AFAG don’t have anything to talk about they should better keep their mouths shut. Because we have a country to run and a nation to build, we need to recognize our own. Unfortunately if we are not able to recognize the achievements made by certain individuals in our midst, but some people outside the country see such an achievement and think that it’s appropriate to acknowledge and reward such a person, what’s wrong about that? He quizzed.
The CPP elections director is however surprised at AFAG’s move to discredit and tarnish the image of the Chief commissioner of the Electoral Commission at a time when the leader of the NPP-led government, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo on three occasions praised Mrs. Charlotte Osei’s immense contribution to the development of Ghana’s democracy.
He believes that AFAG is seeking needless attention from the Ghanaian populace and asked that Ghanaians move towards appreciating the achievements of men and women who, through dedication, commitment and love for nation, have made the nation proud and should be acknowledged and rewarded, and rather name and shame those who sought to bring the country down with their actions.
Source: therepublicnewsonline.com / Nana Appiah Acquaye