This the reasoning of an NDC National Executive, Kwaku Boahen who said President Akufo-Addo, without any apology, ‘lacks common sense’ for removing the EC based on the CJ Committee’s recommendation.
President Akufo-Addo unlike his predecessor could have used “common sense” in acting on a petition that bordered on the removal of Charlotte Osei as the chairperson of the Electoral Commission (EC) and other two deputies; Sule Amadu and Georgina Opoku Amankwa.
Mr. Anthony Kwaku Boahen spoke on Kuamsi-based Nhyira FM “Kroyi Mu Nsem” political talkshow.
“Akufo-Addo should have applied common sense like President Kufuor, Atta-Mills and John Mahama before taking this bad decision”, Deputy National Communication Officer of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), Kwaku Boahen said.
“The Late President Atta-Mills could have used the same discretional powers to remove Chief Justice Georgina Wood from office but he used common sense. …Kuffour too used common sense not to remove Afari Gyan from office as EC chairperson. So why can’t Akufo-Addo to apply his common sense here?”, he quizzed, in an interview.
President Nana Akufo-Addo sacked the Chairperson of the Electoral Commission Charlotte Osei and her two deputies, Amadu Sulley and Georgina Opoku Amankwah, from office. The dismissal comes after some aggrieved employees of the Electoral Commission (EC) last year petitioned the president to dismiss the Chairperson of the Commission, Charlotte Osei.
The employees in a statement insisted Mrs. Osei should be impeached for among others, bringing the “Commission’s name into disrepute by single highhandedly petitioning EOCO on an alleged misappropriation of staff endowment fund for malicious reasons. ”
They further revealed that following her appointment as EC Chair, Mrs. Osei “compromised the independence and neutrality of the Commission by arranging for 2015 V8 Land Cruiser with registration WR 2291-15 from the office of the President for use as official vehicle without going through the procurement process or recourse to the Commission.”