Ghana’s electoral boss fired after fraud probe

Ghana’s electoral boss fired after fraud probe

Ghana’s President Nana Akufo-Addo has sacked the head of the country’s electoral commission for “misbehaviour and incompetence”.

Charlotte Osei and her two deputies were dismissed on the recommendation of a committee set up by the chief justice to investigate complaints against them.

Last year, a number of electoral commission workers alleged that she had abused her office – and demanded her removal over corruption allegations.

Mrs Osei was appointed by former President John Mahama, before his defeat by Mr Akufo-Addo in the last election.

She has denied any wrongdoing and Ghana’s main opposition party has repeatedly said the accusations against her are trumped up.

Mrs Osei – a former corporate lawyer – was Ghana’s first female electoral commissioner since the country returned to multi-party democracy in 1992.

She had successfully supervised the 2016 general elections, according to international observers.

Ghanaian next go to the polls in 2020.


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