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Probe into EC petitions: Preliminary investigations into the alleged abuse of power and corruption that have rocked the Electoral Commission (EC) have commenced the Daily Guide reports.

According to the newspaper, the Chief Justice has reportedly written officially to the embattled Chairperson of the EC, Charlotte Osei, to respond to the damning allegations that could lead to her impeachment.

” Daily Guide learnt the letter from the Office of the Chief Justice was delivered last Friday. The two other Commissioners, Amadu Sulley and Georgina Opoku Amankwaa, have equally been written to in a bid to get their reaction.” the daily paper reports Tuesday. Advertisement

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However, before the formal preliminary investigation commences, a private citizen, Ayamga Yakubu Akoglo, has filed a writ at the Supreme Court, seeking to prevent the Chief Justice, Sophia Akuffo, from going ahead to investigate the EC boss.

The plaintiff wants the suit, which also cites the Attorney-General to declare the action being initiated against the EC boss by the Judicial Council as unconstitutional, void, and of no effect.

He is claiming that the issues raised in the petition against Mrs. Charlotte Osei had nothing to do with her core functions as prescribed under Article 45 of the 1992 Constitution and as a result, did not warrant her removal per Article 46 (1) of the Constitution, describing the petition as ‘defective’.

He is averring that the petitioners’ allegation of financial or procurement impropriety against the EC boss should not constitute the grounds for impeachment proceedings under Article 46 (1) since financial and procurement functions are not part of the Chairperson’s core duties.

Drama at Commission

First, it was Maxwell Opoku Agyemang, who triggered the controversial drama with his 27 point petition against the Electoral Commission boss Charlotte Osei. The petition was laden with allegations of fraud, incompetence, misconduct, and poor human relations.

Even though the names behind the petition are unknown to the public, the lawyer insisted the petitioners have been identified by the president. The EC chair in a rebuttal denied the allegations against her but made fresh allegations against her two deputies, Sulley Amadu and Georgina Opoku Amankwaa.

She also filed a defamation suit against the lawyer for petitioners who are seeking her impeachment from office.

In a contest of feisty rebuttals, the two deputy Chairpersons at the Commission fired their own allegations against the EC Chair.

In the midst of their rebuttals, another lawyer sent a new petition to the president demanding the impeachment of the two other deputies at the Commission for stated misconduct.

The whole drama at the Commission was crowned with a spectacle at the floor of Parliament when the EC Chair in the company of one of her deputies, Amadu Sulley told MPs she was speaking for herself as the EC chair and not as the Commission.

She was answering a question on why the Commission failed to include their internally generated funds for last year in their financial report.

Just when the dust was about settling, and the prima facie determination made by the Chief Justice against all three Chairpersons, a new petition has been filed against the Chief Justice.

Lawyer Yakubu Akolgo maintains Article 146 (2) which spells out how Judges of the Superior Court will be removed is not applicable to the removal of the Chief Justice.

Even though the salary levels of the Appeals Court Judge is coterminous to that of heads of Commissions and the removal processes of the two offices have been deemed to be similar, Akolgo is insisting the processes of removing a judge cannot be used to remove the Chair of the Electoral Commission.

“That Article 146(2) of the 1992 Constitution is neither mandatory nor appropriately suitable for the removal of the Chairperson of the Electoral Commission and the said Article not derogated or contravened if a full bench of the Supreme Court assumes duty to inquire into the petition to dispose-off it or otherwise.”

Among other reliefs, Lawyer Yakubu Akolgo is praying the Supreme Court to restrain the Chief Justice from proceeding with the prima facie determination.

He would rather the Chief Justice empanels a full bench of the Supreme Court to inquire into the petition brought against the Chair of the Commission.

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Funny Face arrested for threatening some individuals

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Funny Face arrested for threatening some individuals

Accramail.com has sighted an official post on Ghana Police Service’s Facebook page which confirms that Benson Nana Yaw Oduro Boateng, popularly known as Funny Face has been arrested for allegedly threatening certain individuals via some Social Media platforms.

Further checks revealed that Funny Face has issued threats against some personalities in the entertainment industry including his baby mama, Vanessa. He earlier stated that due to the rate at which his baby mama has badmouthed him on social media, he will kill her and kill himself.

He further made threats against Bismark TheJoke, an actor, and Kalybos, saying he will kill them for trying to sabotage his career in the entertainment industry.

Prior to this, Funny Face also shared a video of himself on social media raining heavy insults on the persons of Fada Dickson, Bola Ray, and his best friend Emmanuel Adebayor.

This makes it no surprise of his arrest by the Ghana Police Service. In the official post sighted on the Facebook page of the Police Service, it states;

“Funny Face in Police Custody for Allegedly Threatening Some Individuals.

The Police have today, Monday, 18th October, 2021, at 10:14 pm arrested Benson Nana Yaw Oduro Boateng, popularly known as Funny Face for allegedly threatening certain individuals via some Social Media platforms.

Due to the history of the suspect, the police shall submit Benson Nana Yaw Oduro Boateng to the court for an order for psychiatric examination, to determine the next line of investigative action.

The police is committed to protecting lives with the generous help of the public.
We want to assure the public that we shall not take anything for granted in the interest of public safety”.

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I’m not a fool to build a factory with no plan for raw materials – Mahama replies critics on Komenda Sugar Factory

Former President John Mahama has said he’s not a fool to build a factory with no plan for raw materials. This was a direct reply to his critics on the defunct Komenda Sugar Factory.

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I’m not a fool to build a factory with no plan for raw materials – Mahama replies critics on Komenda Sugar Factory

Former President John Dramani Mahama has said his government had plans of establishing a sugar cane farm around the Komenda sugar factory to provide the raw materials to feed the factory but the current NPP government has abandoned that part of the project since taking office in 2017.

He told Cape93.3FM in an interview in the Central Region during his Thank You tour on Friday, 15 October 2021 that his vision for setting up the factory was to cut down on the almost $300 million spent annually to import sugar into Ghana.

“Phase I of the project was to build the factory and with phase II, the government of India gave us another $24 million for sugar cultivation and the out-growers”, Mr. Mahama explained to Ohene Kwame David.

“When this government came, they said the sugar factory wasn’t their priority and, so, they didn’t apply for the $24 million and, so, they left it and the factory is just sitting there”, he bemoaned.

According to the 2020 flag bearer of the main opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), the second phase of the project was designed to provide the raw material for the factory to make it self-sustaining.

“Do you think I’m a fool to build a factory and not make provisions for raw materials? I’m not that foolish. I did economics in the sixth form,” Mr. Mahama pointed out.

“So, I knew what the vision was: get the factory first and, so, when we start producing, we’ll have a processing plant.”

“So, it was one of our priority projects,” he added.

He said: “There are about 3,000 acres of land at Komenda, so, we planned doing a nucleus farm to feed the factory with raw materials and use the remaining balance of the $24 million to buy sugar cane from the out-growers in the area.”

“We’ll give them the planting materials because our sugar cane variety is very thin compared to the very think hybrid variety which has a lot of sugar in it,” he noted.

“So, the factory would buy the sugar cane from the out-growers,” he said.

“This government forgot about the second part”, he said, emphasizing that “the Komenda Sugar Factory project has two parts: the plant and the sugar cane growing but they forgot about the second part, that is why the factory is sitting there idle and now they want to privatize it.”

“But even if you privatize it, you still need the support of the farmers to grow the sugar cane.”

“If we come back into government, by the grace of God, and they have not sold the factory yet, it’s a factory that can work to produce a very good percentage of Ghana’s sugar requirement and provide the youth in the area with jobs,” Mr. Mahama said.

 


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You know you rigged the election for NPP; 2020 elections worse among all elections – Mahama to Jean Mensa

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You know you rigged the election for NPP; 2020 elections worse among all elections – Mahama to Jean Mensa

The former one-term President of Ghana and the 2020 flagbearer of the opposition NDC party, John Dramani Mahama, has described the 2020 general elections as one of the worst in the history of Ghana’s democracy.

The EC chairperson Jean Mensa on Wednesday told the ECOWAS Parliament at Winneba that the polls were rather “historic” saying it has become a case study for most advanced democracies in the world.

However, speaking in an interview as part of his “thank you” tour in the Western Region, Mr. Mahama said: “2020 general election is one of the worst elections organized since 1992.”

“Tell me which election in Ghana was ballot papers printed yet one million ballot papers were found elsewhere… We didn’t witness this under Dr. Kwadwo Afari-Gyan. She [Jean Mensa] knew there was ballot stuffing.”

On the election-related violence that claimed some lives, Mrs. Jean Meansa told the commission of inquiry that the EC cannot be blamed because it happened outside its polling stations.

“Sadly, seven lives were lost and though this did not occur at our polling station nor arise as misconduct on our part, one life lost is one too many. We are confident that our security agencies will share their investigations and recommendations for future learnings,” she said.

On his part, the 2020 presidential candidate of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) said: “I have taken part in elections since 1992 as an MP. I haven’t seen a situation where soldiers were holding guns at collation centers. We normally have police, immigration officers, etc there.”

“Eight people have died, which election did we have in Ghana that eight people perished?”, he quizzed.

 


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