EC Bosses Arrested Over Bribery

The Director of Elections at the Electoral Commission, Isaac Kofi Asumaning, and Director of Logistics, Asante Kissi, have been arrested by the police on allegation of fraud. They were accused of bribery and corruption and have been granted police enquiry bail with one surety to report to the police this morning. The two EC officials were said to have received GH˘1,600 from the New Vision Party, Prophet Daniel Nkansah. Daniel Nkansah, a notorious fraudster who was recently declared wanted by an Accra circuit court for defrauding a trader, is said to have offered the money to the two officials. Police said the two were allegedly offered GH˘1,600 by the party but could not tell for what purpose. The New Vision Party was disqualified from contesting the 2012 elections by the Electoral Commission because it failed to meet the Commission’s requirements. However, DSP Freeman Tettey, Accra Regional Police Command Public Affairs Officer, told Joy FM that the two were arrested while in the process of refunding the money after the party was not cleared on Thursday to participate in the December polls. They were arrested together with the General Secretary of the party, Daniel Nkansah Jnr, and a taxi driver, one Sarpong, who was conveying the money. The police are currently pursuing the founder and leader of the party, Prophet Daniel Nkansah, whom they suspect might have played a key role in the bribery allegation. The suspects would be arraigned when the police complete their investigations, DSP Tettey said. Provisional investigations reveal that the two gentlemen were influenced by Prophet Nkansah to facilitate his registration process for the 2012 Presidential and Parliamentary elections. He pointed out that when the EC officials realized they could not carry out the registration process, they attempted to return the money by hiring the services of a taxi driver. Prophet Nkansah was recently declared wanted for allegedly defrauding a female trader to a tune of GH˘19,000. The accused had allegedly convinced Aisha Nurudeen to give him the said amount, being part of a loan she took from Stanbic Bank, for safe keeping till she was ready to do business with it. However, when she attempted to retrieve her money, the prophet refused to hand over the money. Although the case has been pending before an Accra Circuit court for over a year now, the accused person, who has only refunded GH˘4,000, has been dodging the court.