Richard Nyamah Petitions Mahama To Sack EC Boss

President John Mahama

President John Mahama

The anti-corruption campaigner who succeeded in getting President John Mahama to dismiss Lauretta Lamptey, the former head of the Commission for Human Rights and Administrative Justice, (CHRAJ) for misconduct, is on another mission, this time to get the Chairperson of the Electoral Commission removed from office.

Mr. Richard Nyamah of the Progressive Nationalist Forum (PNF) wants the EC boss removed because in his view, she has breached the constitution for holding another public office whiles she served in her capacity as the EC chair.

Mr. Nyamah, who’s the PNF’s Spokesperson, on February 8, 2016, thus submitted a petition invoking Article 146 for due processes towards possible removal from office of Chairperson of the Electoral Commission of Ghana, Mrs. Charlotte Osei.

Mr. Nyamah, since blowing the whistle on the EC boss early January, gathered the necessary evidence to make the case that “her conduct of serving in and being paid by two State entities flies in the face of the letter and spirit of the constitutional prohibition of such conduct by specified special officers particularly of Independent Constitutional Bodies.

“ He has, in accordance with law, forwarded a three-page fifteen-paragraph petition to His Excellency the President John Mahama for onward transmission to Her Ladyship the Chief Justice to commence the processes upon a prima facie determination being made.

Although the EC boss and the Ghana Reinsurance Company had explained that she no longer served on their board and that she resigned before her appointment, Mr. Nyamah insists that her “belated resignation from Ghana Reinsurance Company Limited (a Limited Liability Company with 100% Ghana government shareholding) smacks of an admission of the breach of the prohibition in Article 44(4) of the Constitution.”

Mr. Nyamah says he seeks to exercise his right as a citizen to uphold the Constitution against such acts of serious misconduct, and looks forward to demonstrate that she exercised grave misjudgement and violated the Constitutional requirements of her office with “terms and conditions of service as a Justice of the Court of Appeal” and is therefore no longer fit to remain in that august office.

In a statement announcing his petition to the President, Mr. Nyamah said, “The best interest of Ghana must always be served by all citizens.”


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