I Have Not violated the constitution – EC boss
Chairperson of Electoral Commission has dared pro-NPP group to go to court after the group claimed the Commissioner breached the constitution by holding another job.
The pressure group Progressive Nationalist Forum is therefore demanding the resignation of Charlotte Osei.
According to the group, Madam Charlotte Osei as the chairman of the electoral commission was also a board member of the Ghana Reinsurance Company Limited.
But the EC chairperson told Joy FM’s news analysis programme, Newsfile Saturday that persons who felt she violated the constitution should take the matter to court.
Describing the claim as “interesting”, Madam Osei said she “hoped that whoever made this application will file a petition, we will respond when we get there.”
The group relied heavily on Article 44 Clause 4 to press for their demand. The Article 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 not only demanding that he resigned from one of the jobs, but insisted she should by 30th January, 2016 pay back all allowances received as board member of Ghana Reinsurance or her salary and entitlements as chairman of the commission from 1st July, 2015 till date.
Meanwhile, the Ghana Reinsurance Company says the EC chair resigned her position by the end of December 2015.
Madam Charlotte Osei who confirmed her resignation on Newsfile indicated that her trump card in court would be the definition of public office, which is explained in Article 295.
The Article reads in party “public office ‘includes an office the emoluments attached to which are paid directly from the consolidated Fund or directly out of moneys provided by Parliament and an office in a public corporation established entirely out of public funds or moneys provided by Parliament’”.
The EC chairperson, who is a lawyer by profession, would not go into the merits of the matter as she challenges the Progressive Nationalist Forum to argue out their claims in court.