EC chair accuses her deputy of signing illegal contract worth GHC40m

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In a rejoinder, offering bullet by bullet explanation of the allegations raised against her by the “Concerns Staff” of the EC, Mrs Osei said the contract was signed without her knowledge.

The Chairperson of the Electoral Commission (EC), Mrs Charlotte Osei, has accused her deputy, Georgina Opoku Amankwah, of signing a contract worth over GHC40 without recourse to law.
In a rejoinder, offering bullet by bullet explanation of the allegations raised against her by the “Concerns Staff” of the EC, Mrs Osei said the contract was signed without her knowledge.
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She said, “this is illegal, criminal and a breach of the policies of the Commission and the laws of Ghana.”
She added: “The supporting documents would be submitted to the relevant investigative agencies for their further action.”
Mrs Amankwah was last week asked by the Economic and Organized Crime Office (EOCO) to proceed on leave for investigations to commence her handling of staff endowment fund.
Mrs Osei has been accused of reporting the matter to EOCO without first seeking to solve the matter internally.
But in her rejoinder, she claims letters she has written to her deputy for answers on the staff endowment fund were never responded to or acknowledged.
She also strongly denied reporting Mrs Amankwah to EOCO but said she supports the investigation into the matter.
She said: “The Chairperson has not submitted a petition to EOCO on the Endowment Fund issue.
“However, the Chairperson believes that EOCO is the right institution being a fact finding body, to investigate the issue of what the endowment fund contributions of staff, which were not paid into the Fund for eight months in 2014 were used for. This matter has been before the Commission since February 2015 and has not been resolved.
“A memo sent by the Chairperson on December 1, 2015, on the issue has not been responded to as of today.
“The vouchers indicating the application of the Funds have not been submitted despite repeated requests by the Chairperson and repeated claims by the deputy Chairpersons of their availability.
“The Commission cannot by itself, use 2017 funds released by the Ministry of Finance, to repay obligations incurred in 2014, with no documentation and not recorded in the audit report of 2014 as an outstanding obligation, without the report of a separate institution like EOCO.
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“If there has been any embarrassment to the Commission, it is based on the failure to keep proper accounting records in the matter and the wrongful utilisation of monies belonging rightfully to the staff endowment fund.
“If the unknown petitioners are actually ‘concerned staff’ of the EC, the resolution of this matter should be of utmost importance.”

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