The Electoral Commission has been indicted in the 2015 Auditor General’s report for its inability to properly account for auctioned vehicles disposed off and the payment of over Gh¢18,000 with the support of adequate documents.
The EC auctioned 40 vehicles to staff after a valuation.
Former EC Chairman, Dr Kwadwo Afari Gyan who was among the beneficiaries purchased a Nissan mini bus 2008 model for about Gh¢2,675 in a 2013 auction.
The car was purchased for the EC in 2007.
It was among several vehicles auctioned to staff of the EC and the public in 2013 after six years of use following their valuation by the State Transport Compny (STC).
The current EC Chair, Mrs Charlotte Osei told the Public Accounts Committee of Parliament on Friday that Dr Afari Gyan as well as all those who benefited from the auction, paid for the vehicles.
Mrs Osei could, however, not readily tell the committee how much the EC paid the auctioneer for the auction.
According to Deputy EC Chair, Mr Amadu Sulley, the auction process was opened to all staff of the election management body as well as the public.
The EC had estimated the cost of the cars to be GH¢402,328 but the actual amount realised after the auction was GH¢83,000, a situation that caused the PAC to wonder why the huge "discrepancy".
But the EC Chair explained to the committee that the fair value estimate of GH¢402,328 was given by officials within the commission who were not experts at valuing vehicles.
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