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General News of Wednesday, 26 July 2017


EC row: Parliament meets fighting Commissioners today

The leadership of parliament will later today, Wednesday, 26 July meet with Commissioners of the Electoral Commission to intervene in the ongoing fight between Chair Mrs Charlotte Osei and her two deputies, Class News’ parliamentary correspondent Ekow Annan has gathered.

He said the meeting will come right after the EC boss finishes briefing the house about how much the election management body made from controversial fees it charged journalists for accreditation ahead of the 2016 general elections.

Some staff of the EC have petitioned President Akufo-Addo to remove Mrs Osei from office over allegations of fraud and financial malfeasance.

Mrs Osei has counter-alleged corruption against his deputies insisting that she has done nothing wrong but being hounded because she is fighting internal graft.

She has also sued the lawyer representing the anonymous petitioners, Maxwell Opoku-Agyemang, for defamation.

The accusations and counter allegations have thrown the EC into a state of turmoil with critics saying it has lost its credibility to conduct elections in the future in its current state.