A private legal practitioner, lawyer John Ndebugre is calling Mrs Charlotte Osei to seek for a judicial review in order to quash her ‘’unreasonable’’ removal.
The lawyer said he shed tears after reading the leaked response from the dismissed commissioner which her counsel, Thaddeus Sory wrote on her behalf.
He also suggesting, the new commissioner who will take over form Charlotte Osei maybe injuncted until the issues are resolved.
‘’Kudos to senior Thaddeus Sory albeit the committee denied him justice. There was a complete travesty of Justice. None of the sweeping allegations against the EC Chairperson was proved. I think judicial review in the nature certiorari to quash the decision of the committee will be the appropriate remedy but not an appeal.
The new person could be injuncted from holding the office until the final determination of judicial review proceedings.’’
Read his views in the write up below
I spent the whole night reading the excellent address of the learned lawyer submitted to the committee in defence of Mrs Charlotte Osei. I had to pause and cry.
The committee rested its report contrary to the evidence on record. Mrs Charlotte Osei must apply for judicial review in the nature certiorari to quash this unreasonable decision. It's sad for Ghana. If this is the way we have to go, then all of us are not safe not only Mrs Charlotte Osei. There's no article of the constitution of Ghana which provides that breach of any statute [Act 663] should be a ground for removal from office of the EC Chairperson.
The phrase 'stated misbehaviour and misconduct' must reach the supreme court for interpretation and declaration of same. Until then, the opened floodgates would give politicians to unnecessarily interfere with the hitherto sacred and independent office of the EC Chairperson. There will be no job security and stability of the occupants of the office of the EC Chairperson.
Kudos to senior Thaddeus Sory albeit the committee denied him justice. There was a complete travesty of Justice. None of the sweeping allegations against the EC Chairperson was proved. I think judicial review in the nature certiorari to quash the decision of the committee will be the appropriate remedy but not an appeal.
The new person could be injuncted from holding the office until the final determination of judicial review proceedings.
The Amakomhene of Kumasi in the Ashanti region, Nana Adu Mensah Asare, has taken a swipe at the practices of some men of God and has called for sanity.
The traditional ruler described as ‘’madness’ the practice where some prophets and pastors give out lotto numbers to congregants.
The current crop of prophets and men of God in the country today he lamented is tarnishing the image of God hence the need for senior men of God in the country to advice upcoming men of God in the country.
Representing the Overlord of the Asante Kingdom, Otumfour Osei Tutu at the 50th anniversary of the Grace Baptist Church in Kumasi today [Sunday], Nana Adu Mensah challenged renowned men of God in the country to coach young men of God so they will not indulge in ungodly practices.
He said, ‘’the church is doing well for the country but latter day preachers and prophets are denigrating the church. What they are doing today is bad. When you watch TV and listen to radio, you will be shocked at what is going on. We have pastors who give out lotto numbers on radio and On TV. This is absolute madness, it is disheartening. I will appeal to the church to help address this challenge.’’
He also expressed dismay about the situation in the country where politicians influence serial callers to phone in political programs on various radio stations to insult leaders of this country, a situation he described as unfortunate and undemocratic.
"I know that, most of these serial callers belong to churches in the country and so, I will encourage the church to instill discipline in them to stop these undemocratic acts," he added.
He thanked the church for their uncounted contributions given the community in terms of education, water and health.
The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has stated that he had no choice but to act on the recommendations of the Committee set up by the Chief Justice to investigate complaints against the former Chairperson of the Electoral Commission, Mrs Charlotte Osei, and her two deputies, Amadu Sulley and Georgina Opoku Amankwah.
Speaking publicly on the matter for the first time on Saturday, 30th June, 2018, at a townhall meeting with Ghanaians resident in Nouakchott, Mauritania, ahead of the conduct of the 31st AU Summit, President Akufo-Addo explained that he is duty bound to uphold the teachings of the Constitution.
According to the President, whenever a petition for the removal of a high-ranking public official, like the Electoral Commissioner, is forwarded to the President, all the President has to do, as is stipulated in the Constitution, is to refer the petition to Chief Justice, for her to decide if there is a prima facie case or not.
Once a prima facie case is established, the Chief Justice, in accordance with Article 146(4) of the Constitution, must establish a Committee to investigate the complaints. The Committee, in turn will make its recommendations to the Chief Justice, who shall, then, forward it to the President.
The Committee, the President noted, was composed of a Supreme Court Judge, two High Court judges, and two persons, who are neither lawyers nor Members of Parliament, and who were appointed by the Chief Justice on the advice of the Council of State.
“They (Committee) have been working over the last 6 months, and recommended that the Chairperson of the EC, Mrs Charlotte Osei, and her two deputies, Amadu Sulley and Georgina Opoku Amankwah, be removed from office on the grounds of stated misbehaviour and incompetence,” the President said.
He continued, “Article 146(9) of the Constitution demands that I act on the recommendations of the committee. I have no power to disagree with the recommendations of the Committee, the Constitution does not give me that power. That is why I have removed the Chairperson of the EC and the two deputies.”
Reiterating his commitment to build a country governed by the rule of law, the President indicated that the laws governing our country must not be a respecter of persons.
“I, as President, am bound to respect the laws of our land. If I go against the laws of the country, I will be dealt with. Likewise, if you also go against the laws of the country, you must be dealt with. It is sad (the removal of the three EC Chairs), but this is how it must be,” he added.
President Akufo-Addo stressed that the process that led to the removal of Charlotte Osei and her two deputies “was not borne out of hate, or a deliberate orchestration to remove some persons from their jobs.”
The petitioners, he added, are workers of the Electoral Commission and not faceless persons, as some would want Ghanaians to believe. The President also recounted the publicly documented spat between the 3 former EC chairpersons.
In the search for replacements, the President stated that “we are not looking for persons who are coming to do a job for the NDC or for the NPP. We are looking for persons who are coming to do a job for Ghana. That is what we are looking for, for the Electoral Commission”.