Martin Amidu petitioned to prosecute sacked EC officials

The Special Prosecutor, Martin Amidu, has been petitioned to prosecute sacked Electoral Commissioner, Charlotte Osei and her two deputies indicted for incompetence.

A civil soceity organisation, Center for National Affairs, sent the petition to the Special Prosecutor Wednesday, pointing out that a quasi-judicial body has established criminal breaches of the procurement law.

The Commissioners, Charlotte Osei, Georgina Opoku Amankwah and Amadu Sulley were removed on the recommendations of a committee set up by the Chief Justice to look into several allegations levelled against the chairperson who in turn, levelled other allegations against her deputies.

Their removal was announced by the President who now has a rare opportunity to appoint replacements.

But the Center for National Affairs maintained it would be ” grossly unfair, a slap in the face of Ghana’s criminal laws” if the officials who also engaged in public bickering are simply removed.

“Removing a political office holder from her position is not punishment. How could it be that a man who has been called to serve his country is later told not to severe in that capacity?”

“If a teacher for example is convicted of rape how could it be a punishment to order him to stop going to school to teach? This is how farcical it is when commissioners indicted in the commission of crimes are simply told to go home”.

The CNA  believes removing the three alone could entrench “widely held suspicion” that the political class is generally protected from going to jail over their offences.

The petition to Martin Amidu also included another demand for an investigation into a leaked audi in which another Commissioner, Madam Paulina Dadzawa claimed a former Deputy Communications Minister, Felix Kwakye Ofosu shared 12 million cedis with Charlotte Osei which was meant for the Electoral Commission.

The CNA petition said the law setting up the Office of the Special Prosecutor empowers him to investigate suspicions of wrongdoing.