Akufo-Addo throws out ASEPA petition to remove EC boss, Jean Mensa

Electoral Commission boss, Jane Mensa

A petition to trigger a process that would lead to the removal of the Electoral Commission boss, Jean Mensa has been rejected by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.

The petition was filed by think-tank, the Alliance for Social Equity and Public Accountability (ASEPA).

The group’s action was in reaction to a declaration by the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ) that the EC boss had failed to declare her assets on assumption of office in 2018.

Mrs Mensa, however, filed her assets declaration forms with the Auditor-General on February 17, 2020, CHRAJ said.

Based on the declaration by CHRAJ, the group petitioned for the removal of the EC boss over the non-declaration of assets.

But the President has dismissed the petition in a statement signed by his Secretary, Nana Bediatuo Asante.

“The Chief Justice did not find any statute that criminalises the non-declaration of assets within the stipulated time in the Constitution,” read the statement signed on July 27, 2020.

A similar petition had led to the removal of former EC boss, Charlotte Osei, after a committee set up by the then Chief Justice had found a prima facie case against her.

Mrs Osei was accused of various procurement breaches and mismanagement by some unnamed workers at the Commission.

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