A pressure group called the Progressive Nationalist Forum is demanding the immediate resignation of chairperson of the Electoral Commission, Madam Charlotte Osei for allegedly holding another public office aside her post as the Electoral Commission Chairperson.
According to the group, Charlotte Osei is in breach of article 44, clause 4 of the 1992 constitution which states ‘’the chairman and the two deputy chairmen of the commission shall not, while they hold office on the commission, hold any other public office’’
The group is saying that Madam Charlotte Osei as the chairman of the electoral commission is also a board member of the Ghana Reinsurance Company Limited. That before her appointment as EC chair and since her appointment has remained a member of the board of the company.
According to the findings of myjoyonline.com from the company’s website as at Thursday, January 7, 2016 indicates that Madam Osei is still a member of the board.
Below is an evidence of the group’s claims:
Spokesperson of the group, Richard Nyamah told Joy News, the 2016 diary of the Ghana Reinsurance Company Limited still has her name as a director.
Even after her appointment as the chairman of the Commission in June 2015, Madam Osei has travelled on the ticket of the company to Kenya, he revealed.
He said her decision to keep the two positions put her “integrity on financial prudence” into serious question. The commissioner would be withdrawing her salary from the national coffers and at the same time benefiting from allowances paid to her by the company, he explained.
Meanwhile, all efforts to reach Madam Charlotte Osei has proved futile, and myjoyonline.com at the meantime could not independently confirm whether she is still holding her post at the Ghana Reinsurance Company Limited as the group alleged, or not.
Below is the statement by the Progressive Nationalist Forum:
CHAIRMAN OF ELECTORAL COMMISSION MUST RESIGN
It has come to the notice of the Progressive Nationalist Forum (PNF) that the Chairman of the Electoral Commission of Ghana is in breach of article 44 clause 4 of the 1992 republican constitution which states ‘’the chairman and the two deputy chairmen of the commission shall not, while they hold office on the commission, hold any other public office’’
Mrs Charlotte Osei as the chairman of the electoral commission is also a board member of the Ghana Reinsurance Company Limited. Evidence we possess show that Mrs, Osei before her appointment as EC chair and since her appointment has remained a member of the board of the company.
We demand that Madam Commissioner resigns her post as member of the board of directors of Ghana Reinsurance Company or as the Chairman of the electoral commission with immediate effect.
Secondly, she should by 30th January, 2015 pay back all allowances received as board member of Ghana reinsurance or her salary and entitlements as chairman of the commission, which ever option she chooses to exercise from 1st July, 2015 till date.
Failure to do any of the above, PNF will exercise all legal rights we have to ensure the right thing is done.
We wish to use this opportunity to admonish all Ghanaians, especially those holding public office to refrain from breaking the law and shun corruption in whatever shape or form it comes in 2016 and beyond.