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Row At EC As Deputy Chair Disregards EOCO Directives, Resumes Work

A Deputy Chairperson of the Electoral Commission (EC), Georgina Opoku Amankwah, clashed with officials of the Economic and Organised Crime Organisation (EOCO) when she resumed work on Monday.

Madam Opoku Amankwa who disregarded a directive by EOCO said she will only vacate her office if President Akufo-Addo asked her to do so.

Officials of EOCO, led by the Director, ACP K. K. Amoah, had stormed the offices of the Electoral Commission to forcefully remove Georgina Opoku Amankwah, who resumed full official duties in defiance of a directive that asked her to stay away.

Madam Opoku Amankwah was directed by EOCO to proceed on leave in July 2017, to enable investigations into the GHc480,000 believed to have gone missing from the EC’s Senior Staff Endowment Fund.

Explaining the reason why she complied with the earlier directive by EOCO to journalists, the deputy commissioner  said she was misled into believing the investigation will not drag.

She described the EOCO’s directive asking her to go home as “unconstitutional”.

However, she said she grudgingly left office after she came into an agreement with the EOCO that President Akufo-Addo would later follow up with a letter directing her to step aside.

“And well over six months that thing has not been done, so I am seeing it as a way of getting me out of office, just that…I  think have had enough.”

Madam Opoku Amankwa insisted that only the president can order her to leave office

“So tomorrow if the president writes, Georgina and her colleagues go, we will all go,” she said.

Meanwhile, 3FM News’s Komla Klutse reports that the embattled deputy chairperson later had an agreement with EOCO to clear all the bottlenecks concerning her issue within 14 days.

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