8:59, 24.Jul 2018
President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo had no role in the dismissal of Charlotte Osei, the Chairperson of the Electoral Commission (EC), Dr Opoku Adusei, law lecturer at the Faculty of Law, University of Ghana, has said.
According to him, the president was only a conveyor belt in the process of removing the Chair of the EC, as outlined in the 1992 constitution of the Republic of Ghana.
President Nana Akufo-Addo on Thursday June 28 removed Mrs Charlotte Osei from office as Chair of the Electoral Commission.
Her two deputies: Georgina Opoku Amankwah and Amadu Sulley, have also been removed from office by the president with immediate effect.
A committee set up by the Chief Justice, Justice Sophia Akuffo, to investigate separate complaints brought against the three persons by Ghanaian citizens, recommended their removal.
But the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) has said that the decision by President Nana Akufo-Addo to dismiss the Chair of the EC, as well as her two deputies from office is an attempt to rig the 2020 elections.
“They [NPP] have failed already. Ghanaians, everywhere you pass, are saying,for this government, we will see its back in 2020,” the National Organiser of the NDC, Kofi Adams said in a press conference on Thursday night.
“…So the attempt and the fear, for which reason, they have set out to remove an arbiter of our elections and the two deputies so as to allow them to continue their rigging machinery. Ghanaians will not allow that to happen” he added.
Mr Adams announced that, the NDC and some opposition parties will hit the streets of Accra on Friday, 30 June 2018 “to show their anger” to the government over the removal of the three top EC officials.
Speaking on this development on Ghana Yensom hosted by Chief Jerry Forson on Accra 100.5FM, Dr Opoku Adusei said: “The president's role in this whole matter was zero. It is only uninformed persons who are accusing the president of masterminding the removal of the EC boss.”
“This is a very elaborate and laborious process and the president is only a conveyor belt in that process,” he added.