Details of the second petition that is seeking the impeachment of the
Chairperson of the Electoral Commission (EC), Charlotte Osei, are coming
The petitioner, Douglass Seidu, a lawyer, is claiming that Mrs Osei was
in breach of public procurement practices and provisions of the Public
Procurement Act 2003 (Act 663), as well as gross financial
mismanagement. He accused the EC boss of awarding contracts amounting to
GH¢249,081,895.03 and $71,406,388.80 respectively without following the
required procurement processes and laws.
The petition, which was filed on August 18 at the office of the
president, claimed Mrs Charlotte Osei unilaterally awarded contracts in
the run-up to the 2016 general elections without recourse to the
There are 15 allegations leveled against the EC boss in the fresh
petition, and President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has
reportedly forwarded the petition to the Chief Justice, Sophia Akuffo,
pursuant to Article 146 (3) of the 1992 Constitution. Charlotte Osei has
up to September 5, 2017 to respond to a previous petition.
The new petition has been titled: ‘In the matter of Article 46 of the
1992 Constitution and in the matter of the removal of the Chairperson of
the Electoral Commission, Mrs. Charlotte Osei, from office on the
grounds of stated misbehaviour and incompetence.’
According to the petitioner, the action is being initiated pursuant to
Article 146 of the 1992 Constitution, to trigger impeachment proceedings
against the EC chairperson.
Giving the grounds for triggering the impeachment proceedings, the
petitioner claimed that in the 2016 fiscal year, “The respondent
unilaterally awarded various contracts in respect of voters’
registration, exhibition of the voters’ register and general elections,
which contracts amount to GH¢249,081,895.03 and $71,406,388.80
respectively without following the required procurement processes and
According to Mr Douglass Seidu, the EC boss allegedly failed, neglected
and refused “to subject the said contracts to the Entity Tender Board
and the Tender Review Committees, contrary to Public Procurement Act
2003 (Act 663) (as amended).”
The petitioner attached as exhibit a summary for the said contracts
awarded by Mrs. Osei allegedly without recourse to the Entity and Tender
Review Committee, as well as the copies for the actual contract.
Mr Douglass Seidu further claimed that Mrs Osei, without recourse to the
committee, unilaterally awarded contracts to IT Market Limited and
Ideyas Design Agency, amounting to GH¢1,823,625 and GH¢19,800
respectively in apparent breach of the requirements for tender under the
Public Procurement Act; and attached exhibits to that effect.
“The respondent failed, neglected and refused to submit a contract
awarded to Dream Oval Limited to competitive tender and unilaterally
awarded a contract amounting to $32,510, to Dream Oval Limited for the
development and redesign of the website of the EC, contrary to Public
Procurement Act 2003 (Act 663).”
According to Mr Seidu, Dream Oval Limited was introduced to the
commission by Ms Charlotte Osei and therefore awarding the company the
contract, she fell into a conflict of interest situation.
The petitioner claimed that in order to “arrogate procurement powers to
herself, the EC boss, upon assumption of office, has been chairing both
the Entity Tender Board and the Tender Review Committee of the
commission at the same time.
“The respondent has collapsed the Tender Review Committee and
constituted herself into a sole member of the review committee by
sidelining the two deputy chairpersons, who by law are also supposed to
be members,” the petitioner alleged.
He said, “This action resulted in the respondent being the sole reviewer
and awarding authority at the EC, in clear breach of oversight
responsibility in public procurement,” adding, “This has resulted to
situations where the respondent unilaterally approves and awards
contracts without minutes from the Tender Review Committee.”
Mr Seidu claimed that the EC chairperson again awarded a contract
amounting to GH¢154,218 for printing a customized letterhead “after
unilaterally changing the logo of the EC,” and the contract had been
unilaterally awarded by the commissioner without recourse to the entire
“The respondent insisted that the customized letterhead should have the
names of all the commissioners embossed on it. This has the proclivity
of causing financial loss to the state in the event that a member of the
EC was to retire in the near future,” Mr Seidu noted.
“The unwavering desire for the respondent to treat the EC as if it was
her private company underscores her overt lack of understanding of
public administration and amounts to incompetence,” the petition stated.
According to the petitioner, Mrs Osei also spent GH¢265,051.46 “on her
unilateral decision to rebrand the EC. This needless misappropriation of
national resources by a public official must be of grave concern to
Already, there is an initial petition from unnamed EC staff who are
being led by Lawyer Maxwell Opoku-Agyemang, against Mrs. Osei, which is
pending before the Chief Justice.
A litany of allegations have been leveled against her, including
spending GH¢3.9 million to partition an office, receipt of a Toyota Land
Cruiser from the erstwhile Mahama-led NDC government, spending about
$14 million when the Public Procurement Authority (PPA) had authorized
her to use only $7.5 million, as well as attending Cabinet meetings
during the tenure of President John Dramani Mahama, among other issues.
As a result, preliminary investigations into the purported abuse of power and corruption scandal commenced recently.
The Chief Justice reportedly wrote officially to the embattled EC boss
to respond to the damning allegations that could lead to her
The two other commissioners – Amadu Sulley, in-charge of Operations and
Georgina Opoku-Amankwa, in-charge of Corporate Services – who have
running battles with Mrs. Osei, were equally being written to for the
provision of answers to counter petitions against them, seeking their
respective removals from office. That petition was said to have been
initiated by someone who is said to be very close to Charlotte Osei.
Legal experts say that if a prima facie case is established against any
of the commissioners during the preliminary investigations, the Chief
Justice, per the rules, will then set up a committee to fully
investigate the issues and a report submitted to the president – who
forwarded the petitions for action.