Accepting new vehicle from govt not a new practice – Charlotte Osei

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Charlotte Osei

The Chairperson of the Electoral Commission (EC), Mrs. Charlotte Osei has said her acceptance of a vehicle from the government following her appointment did not compromise her neutrality as the boss of the EC.

She said the Chairperson could therefore not have compromised her independence or neutrality as she neither requested nor lobbied for the said vehicle.

In a 17 paged document response to a petition by an unknown concerned staff of the EC through their lawyer to the President for her impeachment, she stated that “This is certainly not a new practice in Ghana’s public service. Indeed, the office of the Chief of Staff provided and continued to give vehicles for many government institutions and appointees.”

“Indeed, this flawed argument would imply that the Commission receiving money from the Government compromises the neutrality of the Commission,” she said.

The petitioners in their impeachment document claimed: “Following her appointment as EC chair, Mrs. Osei compromised the independence and neutrality of the Commission by arranging for 2015 V8 Land cruiser with registration WR 2291-15 from the Office of the President for use as an official vehicle without going through the procurement process or recourse to the Commission.

But Charlotte Osei in her response said: “Mrs. Osei does not use a vehicle with the said registration number WR2291-15. Following her appointment as Chairperson, the Office of the Chief of Staff allocated Mrs. Osei a vehicle.

“This is certainly not a new practice in Ghana’s public service. Indeed, the office of the Chief of Staff provided and continued to give vehicles for many government institutions and appointees.”

She pointed out that “The Chairperson could therefore not have compromised her independence or neutrality as she never requested nor lobbied for the said vehicle. Indeed, this flawed argument would imply that the Commission receiving money from the Government of Ghana compromises the neutrality of the Commission.”

source: pulse

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