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A private citizen has filed a writ at the Supreme Court over the removal of Mrs Charlotte Osei, Chairperson of the Electoral Commission.
Fafali Nyonator is seeking a perpetual injunction restraining President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo from appointing any person to the position of the EC Chairperson until that position has been declared lawfully vacant in accordance with the proper procedure and processes as established by law.
In a suit titled ‘Fafali Nyonator versus the Attorney General, Minister of Justice’, the applicant is seeking a “declaration that the determination of the her ladyship the Chief Justice of a prima facie case pursuant to article 146 of the Constitution for the removal from the chairperson of Electoral Commission is inconsistent with Article 130 ( a) of the Constitution as by the said determination of the CJ usurp the exclusive original jurisdiction of the Supreme Court to construe and or define the scope of application of provision of the Constitution, particularly Article 44 and 146 thereof”.
Additionally, the applicant is further seeking from the apex court, a declaration as null and void, the said prima facie determination of the Chief Justice’s committee’s recommendation for the removal of the EC boss from office and the decision of President Akufo-Addo to remove her.
She is seeking the interpretation and or enforcement of provision of Constitution under Articles 2 (1) (b) and 130 (1) (a).
Charlotte Osei and her two deputies, Amadu Sulley and Georgina Opoku Amankwah, were removed from office following findings of a committee set up by the Chief Justice to probe petitions of corruption and abuse of office.
The former EC Chair, among other things, was found culpable of breaching procurement laws in the award of a contract to Dream Oval and engaging the legal services of a private law firm, Sory@Law.
They were removed from office in accordance with the recommendations of the Chief Justice’s committee that probed numerous allegations levelled against them.
Source: The Finder