Ranking Member on the Constitutional, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Committee in Parliament, Alhaji Inusah Fuseini has underscored the need for the Chief Justice, Her Lordship Sophia Akuffo, to expedite action on the petition brought against the commissioner of the Electoral Commission, Mrs. Charlotte Osei.
Speaking to Kwame Tutu on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm, the legislator posited that, the electoral commission is an important institution that conducts our public elections and the credibility of the body, how it conducts an election; the reputation of the commissioners can either lead to a peaceful election or a conflict.
He has therefore called on the CJ to immediately deal with the petition that was forwarded to her by the president after same was sent to him by some aggrieved workers.
He said, it was important for the Chief Justice, Ms Justice Sophia Akuffo, to speedily determine whether there was a prima facie case against Mrs Osei or not.
The MP said the allegations against the EC Chairperson had implications on her reputation and integrity.
Therefore, he said, it was crucial for the Chief Justice to inform the public on the work being done on the petitions, instead of operating on the quiet.
After the 2016 general elections, some individuals petitioned the president and called for the impeachment of the EC boss, he [President] referred the petition to the CJ and till date we’ve not heard anything from her.
The calendar of the EC he bemoaned was loaded hence the need to expedite action on it.
‘’We cannot sweep the issue under the carpet. We need the integrity of the EC to be restored; we need confidence in the EC. The calendar of the EC is very loaded. They have to supervise the District Assembly elections; they will also supervise the Local Government to create the districts President Nana Addo promised. They will help the Ministry of Regional Organization to work on the referendum for the creation of the new regions. They will also supervise and conduct election 2020. We do not the time to waste and the EC is polarized and that is why I am calling on the CJ to expedite action on the matter,’’ he said.
The Member of Parliament (MP) for Tamale Central further admonished the CJ to dismiss the petition if it lacks merit or set up a committee to investigate it if indeed there is some merit.