The office of the Ghanaian president on Thursday confirmed receipt of a petition seeking the impeachment of the chairperson of Ghana’s Electoral Commission (EC), Charlotte Osei.

The six-page petition from a group calling itself concerned staff of the EC was received by the Secretary to the president, Nana Asante Bediatuo, Director of Communications at the presidency Eugene Arhin said, without giving further details.

The petition, signed by the group’s counsel, accused the EC boss of misconduct, citing breaches of some provisions of the country’s Constitution as well as the Public Procurement Act.

According to the group, the political posture of the chairperson prior to the conduct of the 2016 general election nearly pushed Ghana to the precipice.

“But for the action of technical and competent staff of the Commission, she would have plunged this country into civil war,” the petition said.

The group in its petition accused Osei of taking unilateral decisions without recourse to the appropriate departments, even her deputies.

But Ghana’s constitution gives the chairman of the EC the same terms and conditions of service as a Justice of the Court of Appeal and cannot be removed from office except for “stated misbehavior or incompetence or on grounds of inability to perform the functions of his/her office arising from infirmity of body or mind.”

Meanwhile, lawyers of the Electoral Commissioner have threatened to seek remedy in court for the protection of Osei’s reputation.

The presidency is expected to hand over the petition to the Chief Justice who is also expected to take preliminary investigations into the allegations, and subsequently launch a full-scale probe into the stated misconduct if there is a prima facie case against the EC boss. Enditem

Source: Xinhua/