Group demands EC boss’ resignation for keeping another job
Pressure group Progressive Nationalist Forum is demanding the resignation of chairperson of the Electoral Commission Charlotte Osei.
The group claims she is in breach of the constitution because she is allegedly currently holding another public office.
According to the group, Madam Charlotte Osei as the chairman of the electoral commission is also a board member of the Ghana Reinsurance Company Limited.
They say they have evidence to show that Madam Osei before her appointment as EC chair and since her appointment has remained a member of the board of the company.
Myjoyonline.com checks on the company’s website Thursday January 7, 2016 indicates that Madam Osei is still a member of the board.
The Progressive Nationalist Forum says it is therefore giving her the option to quit one of the jobs with immediate effect as stipulated under Article 44 Clause 4.
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.”
“Secondly, 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, which ever option she chooses to exercise from 1st July, 2015 till date,” the group said in a statement.
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 whilst benefiting from allowances paid to her by the company, he explained.
All efforts to reach Madam Charlotte Osei proved futile, and myjoyonline.com could not independently confirm whether she is still at post at the Ghana Reinsurance Company Limited.