"The President did nothing wrong in sending the petition to the Supreme Court. But before the petition was forwarded, the president could have patiently pondered the case Political implications of the possibility that "a footballer is accused of dismissing the referee," Prof Gyampo said in a statement.
President Akufo-Addo yesterday ordered the removal of the chairmen of EC, Charlotte Osei and their two deputies to s, Amadu Sulley and Georgina Opoku Amankwaa from office.
The decision followed a recommendation by Justice Commissioner Sophia Akuffo to investigate various allegations against the three persons under Article 146 (4) of the Ghanaian Constitution
Pursuant to Article 146 (1) of the Constitution, Committee to deprive the three heads of the electoral body of their office due to misconduct and incompetence.
The President therefore directed Charlotte Osei, Amadu Sulley and Georgina Opoku to hand over their respective rosters to the Director of Human Resources of the Commission.
"The provisions of Article 146 (9) of the Constitution stipulate that the President of the Republic shall act in accordance with the recommendations of the Committee." President Akufo-Addo has instructed the three persons to submit their respective rosters to the Director of Human Resources and General Services A statement by Information Minister Mustapha Abdul-Hamid said on Thursday
While he noted the dismissal of the three in a statement, Prof Gyampo noted while serving the president for his bold decision, praised that the action could have some political implications regarding the selection of credible persons
"In the run-up to the 2016 elections, there were threats from high-ranking NPP elites to ensure, above all, the removal of Charlotte Osei , the NPP should win the power we saw some political elites hiding behind some disgruntled EC workers asked the President for the dismissal of the EC chief - this is the policy of the situation that has poisoned the environment and it is quite difficult for sophisticated minds to to accept without hesitation the removal of the EC bosses "
Read the full statement below
Removal from the EC bosses' office: Legally smart, politically unwise
1. Well, Ghanaians, including those who have asked the President for the dismissal of the chairmen of the electoral commission, should be sad today.
. 2 The Committee's allegations of alleged misconduct and incompetence with EC chiefs are legally appropriate and legitimate grounds for the removal of EC executive chairs. As a nation, we must not tolerate actions that conflict with integrity, gross staging of incompetence, and a clear demonstration of a lack of cooperation, as shown by EC leaders.
3. The president did not do anything wrong when he sent the petition to the court. However, before forwarding the petition, the President could have patiently considered the political implications of the possibility that "a footballer is accused of dismissing the referee"
4. Let me digress a bit by saying that Akufo-Addo is a very courageous leader with enough courage. No leader in Ghana since 1992 has shown such audacity to head off Galamsey head-on, dismiss some CEOs, dissolve the GFA and today remove the EC bosses in a committee report.
Let me now the politics of the situation.
5. In the run-up to the 2016 elections, there were threats from high-ranking NPP elites that they would pay more attention to the ousting of Charlotte Osei if the NPP were to gain power. After winning the power, we saw some political elites hiding behind some angry EC workers asking the President for the removal of the EC chief. This is the policy of the situation that has poisoned the environment and makes it difficult for the mind to accept without hesitation the removal of the EC bosses.
. 6 We should be aware of the fact that public servants are not saints. Judge Josiah Ofori Boateng was no saint. Afari Gyan was not a saint, Charlotte Osei is not a saint and whoever replaces the current EU boss can not be a saint.
. 7 Granted, any regime that prefers a damning indictment of a future EU boss would always find that charge. My dad tells me that if a police officer wants to arrest you for a driving offense, he'll always find the reason.
. 8 I pray that the decision will not set a bad precedent for other political parties when they are in power. Otherwise we would destroy our independent institutions.
. 9 The President, until the dismissal of the EC chiefs, the EC Chairperson had always praised for their role, audacity and competence in the conduct of the 2016 elections. The positive public statements made by the President on the head of the EU have, in my view, shown a vote of confidence and played a role in the gradual restoration of crucial public confidence in the EC.
10th Had they worked together and kept their offices, the EC could have been credible in the face of the goodwill given to them by the President.
. 11 Now that they have been removed, we would have to replace them. In Ghana there are more competent people to fill the vacant positions. The problem, however, is the bipartisan acceptance of such appointees. Recognition by two parties is the key to securing the legitimacy of certain office-holders, in particular the heads of independent bodies. Will we get it? I pray that we will do it. Ghana should not be in turmoil about that, and perhaps the sad departure of our former vice-president would ease tensions and turn public attention to the EC while we mourn.
Let me turn my attention to the EC.
12. I have read the report of the committee recommending the removal of EC heads. The three executives should bow their heads to shame because they have defeated Ghanaians by immaturity and incompetence that led to their dismissal
13. They should bow their heads in shame to stop the nation's electoral reform process. In 2015, proposals for electoral reforms following the 2013 petition were submitted to the European Commission, which almost reversed our democratic achievements. The EC was unable to implement the reform proposals because of lengthy litigation and other unnecessary activities that it had undertaken, diverting its attention from what was really needed.
fourteenth As a member of the electoral reform committee, I expected the Commission to use the post-2016 period to implement the reform proposals. This is because the elections in 2016 were not peaceful because of the implementation of important electoral reform proposals. They were peaceful only because of vigilance and a political miracle. No nation can protect their peace if their choices are guided only by vigilance and miracles.
15th The petition and the investigation of the charges against the heads of the EC deprived them of the necessary peace to implement the reform proposals. Who knows what is happening in the EC will testify that the work of the Commission, unlike well institutionalized systems in which organizations with or without heads work, floats around their executive directors. So, if the executives are not working, there is virtually no direction in the area of electoral reform.
Who caused that? It is the EC bosses themselves. Their misconduct and incompetence have therefore slowed down the search for a fine-tuning of the electoral processes in Ghana in order to achieve acceptable results. It would take time for the new leaders to read and dig up the reform proposals and be unlikely to be able to implement all the proposals before 2020.
My advice to all civil servants
16. What has happened to the EC bosses should be a lesson to all officials. If you are lucky enough to be entrusted with a trust, you work within accepted rules; the rules only vary if it makes sense and can be defended; Work hard to show that you are able to demonstrate your competence.
17th Regardless of how smart, intelligent and knowledgeable you are, in the workplace you learn to work and live with people. Even if you consider some of them stupid, do not respect them, humbly work with them in the hope that they will soon learn from your intelligence and knowledge.
18th Adults and older incumbents must be mature in dealing with their own internal conflicts without exposing their problems in a media war to the public in order to avoid humiliation.
19th Afari Gyan, Kangah and Safo-Kantanka also had problems, but they managed their differences and worked together. May what has happened never thwart the search for women at the top.
20th Finally, I would like to say that rules, constitutions and laws are made for people. Rules must be adhered to in order to promote law, order and social harmony. But if we pursue legal procedures through the implementation of a specific constitutional provision, at a certain time lead to polarization, chaos, conflict, confusion and possibly create a bad precedent that can be followed by some unscrupulous people, we may need to apply a certain difficult political wisdom in balancing laws with "real politics".
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