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Kweku Baako prays Supreme Court to declare Charlotte Osei’s dismissal null and void

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Editor-in-Chief of the New Crusading Guide newspaper, Abdul Malik Kweku Baako, has filed a writ at the Supreme Court, to challenge the dismissal of the Chair of the Electoral Commission, Mrs Charlotte Osei.

Mr Baako believes the committee that recommended the removal of Mrs Osei from office exceeded its powers.

The veteran journalist is praying the Supreme Court to hold that the Chief Justice’s prima facie determination against Mrs Osei was inconsistent and in violation of Article 146 (3) of the 1992 Constitution.

The reliefs Mr Baako is seeking include a declaration that upon a true and proper construction of Article 146 (1) of the 1992 Constitution, a petition for the removal of the chairperson of the EC, pursuant to the provisions of Article 146, was only valid if such a petition alleged stated misbehaviour or incompetence relating to the performance of the core constitutional functions of the chairperson of the EC.

He is also seeking a declaration, among others that, the finding by the Chief Justice (CJ) that a prima facie case had been made out in respect of six allegations contained in the petition for the removal of Mrs Osei pursuant to Article 146 of the Constitution and which allegations were not founded on acts of stated misbehaviour or incompetence against Mrs Osei in the performance of her core functions as Chairperson of the EC was unconstitutional, null, void and of no effect.

He wants the Supreme Court to declare that the recommendations for the removal of Mrs Osei upon which the President acted were inconsistent with Articles 43 (1)(a), 44 (2), 45 and 146 (1) of the 1992 Constitution and for that matter, null, void and of no effect.

Mrs Osei and her two deputies Amadu Sulley and Georgina Amankwa were dismissed by President Nana Akufo-Addo on grounds of incompetence and procurement breaches at the election management body.

A five-member committee set up by Chief Justice Sophia Akuffo to investigate separate complaints brought against the three persons by Ghanaian citizens, recommended their removal.

Some staff of the EC in 2017 petitioned Nana Akufo-Addo to remove Mrs Osei from office over allegations of fraud and financial malfeasance as well as abuse of office.

Mrs Osei also counter-alleged corruption against her deputies insisting that she has done nothing wrong and only being hounded out because she is fighting internal graft.

The president, in accordance with the constitution, forwarded the petition to the Chief Justice to look into the matter.

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