Sacked Chairperson of the Electoral Commission Charlotte Osei has reacted to her dismissal by President Akufo-Addo.
Charlotte Osei was on Thurday June 28, 2018, dismissed by President Akufo-Addo based on a committee’s recommendation.
President Akufo-Addo in the statement signed by the information Minister Mustapha Hamid also dismissed the two deputies Amadu Sulley and Georgina Opoku Amankwa
However, in a statement released today June 29, 2018, by Charlotte Osei, she said its prudent Ghana mourns the late Vice-President Amissah-Arthur for now.
“I wish to acknowledge all the concerns and to express my deep appreciation to all of you for the show of support. With the heartbreaking news of the sudden demise of our former Vice-President, H.E. Kwesi Bekoe Amissah-Arthur, I will at this time, withhold my response to the President’s decision, while we commiserate with his family and pray for the peaceful repose of his soul.
At this sad time as a country, we are unified in our grief, respect and appreciation for this great man of our land and someone I had deep respect and admiration for.”
Charlotte Osei also added that, “despite all the attacks, the character assassinations, the falsehoods, the curses,and the relentless plots and threats against my family and I over the past three years of my service as the Chair of the Electoral Commission, I chose to remain silent and focused on delivering on my constitutional mandate to the best of my ability.
Indeed, the records show that I presided over the 2015 district assembly election and the 2016 presidential and parliamentary elections to the best of my ability. I prefer to leave the standard and quality of those elections for Ghanaians, history and posterity to judge.
I still consider it a great honour and privilege to have been given the opportunity to serve my nation at very high levels during my period in public service.
I still hold the view and belief that our country deserves an Electoral Commission that is truly independent, unbiased, free, fair and firm, and can fight-off all attempts to politically capture, manipulate, influence and control it.
This was always my cardinal objective and my approach to my work. In due time there will be ample opportunity to fully address these matters once and for all.”