Public interest group, Strategic Thinkers Network (STRANEK), has assessed that the 27-point petition by faceless people at the Electoral Commission against the Chairperson is a machination by forces of the status quo, which benefit from endemic corruption at the EC.
In a statement, STRANEK poses that Mrs. Charlotte Osei is being deliberately sabotaged because she is crusading against corruption at the EC and deodorizing the electoral body of culturalized malfeasance.
“From the Chairperson’s response, we see a rather bleak picture of a commission fraught with endemic corruption of which she is trying to cure,” a statement signed by Nii Tettey Tetteh, Executive Director of STRANEK, said.
In view of this realization, the public interest group called on President Nana Akufo-Addo to forward both the 27-point allegation and Mrs. Osei’s response, to the appropriate investigative bodies to aid in investigation.
Already, the Economic and Organized Crimes Office (EOCO) has caused deputy Chairpersons at the EC to step aside for it to investigate malfeasance that has come up.
So-called faceless people at the Electoral Commission, a week ago, petitioned President Akufo-Addo to impeach the Chairperson of the Electoral Commission on grounds of a number of allegations, including supposed nepotism and incompetence.
President Akufo-Addo is believed to have since forwarded the allegations to the Chief Justice for action, even though the accusers of the EC Chairperson are unknown.
Mrs. Osei is said to have since responded to all the allegations and the response has served to open a window into serious endemic corruption that she is apparently, rather fighting.
Debunking every single allegation leveled against her by the faceless petitioners, the EC Chair made public, dealings by her deputies which suggest that there had been a whole ecosystem of corruption at the EC before Mrs. Osei took charge.
The seemingly baseless allegations against her and a political tone to the whole petition for her impeachment have also suggested that the corrupt beneficiaries of the status quo are seeking to tap into the ruling NPP’s apparent dislike for the Chairperson to move the President to remove her.
STRANEK noted in their statement that President Akufo-Addo would do the whole nation a lot of good if he investigated the allegations and counter-allegations between the EC Chair and her faceless accusers.
“We at Strategic Thinkers Network (STRANEK) will like to call on His Excellency the President of Ghana to forward the petition against the Electoral Commission (EC) Chairperson and her response to the appropriate investigative bodies since they seem to suggest corrupt practices within the Electoral Commission of Ghana.
“Having read the 27 allegations made against the EC Chair and her response in a 28 point rebuttal against some members and staff of the Commission, we at Strategic Thinkers Network (STRANEK) are alarmed by the indications of wanton abuse of taxpayer funds under the management of the Electoral Commission.
“We are therefore of the opinion that both allegations should be investigated thoroughly before the reliefs of the petitioners are considered.”
The group expressed belief that Mrs. Osei is only being targeted because she has stepped on the toes of corrupt people at the EC.
“Sincerely, we are optimistic Mrs. Osei will help in cleaning up corruption in her institution hence we advise that she should not be removed at all. Instead her efforts at cleaning up the commission should be encouraged so more people of courage will be able to stand up against the onslaught of systemic corruption.”
While advocating an independent investigation into the allegations, STRANEK reminded of the status of the EC as an institution of National Security and therefore called for circumspection in the manner in which any investigation is conducted into its activities.
“We are also of the opinion that in order to preserve and protect the independence of the electoral commission and thus preserve the sanctity of our democracy, any incursion by the executive or parliament into resolving issues relating to the internal matters of the Electoral Commission must be done taking into consideration our National Security.”