The committee set up by the Chief Justice to investigate the chairperson of the Electoral Commission (EC), Charlotte Osei, and her two deputies for abuse of office, conflict of interest and alleged corruption, resumes sitting today with the parties likely to argue their cases.
The committee last week postponed sitting to today after preliminary issues were raised in the case involving Mrs Charlotte Osei; Amadu Sulley, deputy chairman in-charge of Operations and Georgina Opoku-Amankwa, for Corporate Services.
However, even before the committee goes into the full trial, DAILY GUIDE has learned about an emergence of a tape recording intended for possible evidence.
The audiotape, which is said to have been secretly recorded by a journalist with the Multimedia Group and attached to his witness statement in support of the EC boss, contains damning revelations about the rot at the commission.
The tape recording contains a voice believed to be a member of the commission having a conversation with the said journalist.
However, unknown to the said EC commission member, the friendly conversation was recorded and allegedly passed on to the chairperson, who is said to be making a case out of it.
Daily Guide cannot confirm if the tape, which is in circulation, has been authenticated by the other voice on it and if it is admissible, especially since the conversation was reportedly recorded without the consent of the said EC commissioner – which raises ethical issues.
Interestingly, the tape, which has been submitted to the EC boss, indicts Mrs. Charlotte Osei.
It highlights attempts to rig the election for NDC’s John Mahama, with Mrs Osei playing funny games at the time it was obvious that NPP’s Nana Akufo-Addo had won the election overwhelmingly.
Even when it was clear that John Mahama had lost the election, the chairperson was said to have stated that she was going to count the 29,000 pink sheets one-by-one because she had noticed some irregularities.
All along, she was said to be in constant communication with Mr John Mahama, creating a lot of tension in the country.
According to sources, it was based on her pronouncements that allegedly informed Koku Anyidoho to make his ‘NDC in comfortable lead’ statement – with the hope of overturning the results.
The tape also mentioned naked corruption at the EC, with huge sums of money running into several millions of dollars involving a former deputy minister changing hands, exposing serious rot at the commission.
The operations of the EC have been in limbo since the commissioners started dragging the name of the electoral body in the mud, with the secret tape exposing the level of infighting.
The EC had not met for the past one year, contrary to the enabling legislation, which mandates it to meet at least once in every two months.
In effect, Mrs Charlotte Osei has been operating without her deputies.