The Chairperson of the Electoral Commission (EC), Charlotte Osei has said that that commission has not expended monies it accrued from the replacement of voter IDs for Ghanaians ahead of the 2016 December elections. According to her, the EC made over GH¢2.5 million from the replacement process and more than GH¢42,000 cedis from the sale of media accreditation cards. Answering an urgent question filed by the Member of Parliament for Subin, Eugene Antwi on how much the Commission accrued from the process and how it was spent, Charlotte Osei said all monies were currently in the Commission’s account at GCB Bank.
Despite her admission of the gains of the commission, she admitted that the information was not included in the EC’s financial statement submitted to the government claiming it was an “oversight”.
“We have opened an account with the Ghana Commercial Bank and all monies we charged for the replacement of lost ID cards went into that account… We have not expanded any of that,” she said.
The Commission charged ¢10 from journalists for media accreditation to cover the elections and ¢5 for replacement of lost voter’s ID cards.