Ghana Gets New Electoral Commissioner

Jean Mensa

The President of the Republic, His Excellency Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has appointed a new Chairperson and two Deputies for the Electoral Commission (EC) after the interdiction of Charlotte Osei and her two deputies over alleged corruption.

Mrs. Jean Adukwei Mensa according to a press release signed by the Chief of Staff, Hon. Akosua Frema Osei-Opare, will take over from Charlotte Osei as the new EC Chairperson whilst Mr. Samuel Tettey and Dr. Eric Asare Bossman will assist as Deputy Chairpersons respectively.

The President has also appointed Ms. Adwoa Asuma Abrefa as a member of the Commission.

According to the Press releases, the new appointments follows the removal from office of the former Chairperson of the EC, Mrs. Charlotte Osei and her two deputies, Mr. Amadu Sulley and Mrs. Georgina Opoku Amankwah on June 28 2018.

Mrs. Charlotte Osei and her two deputies, Mr. Amadu Sulley and Mrs. Georgina Opoku Amankwah were removed from office after the Committee established by the Chief Justice, Justice Sophia Akuffo investigated petitions brought against them, recommending their removal from office.

The Chief of Staff also stated that Ms. Adwoa Asuma Abrefa’s appointment as a member of the Commission became necessary when Mrs. Paulina Dadzawa who was in that capacity is retired on April 30, 2018 creating additional vacancy in the Commission.

The new EC Chairperson until her appointment was the Executive Director of the Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA).

Dr Eric Asare Bossman is a political science lecturer at the University of Ghana whilst Samuel Tettey is Director of Electoral services in charge of elections at the Electoral Commission.

Ms Adjoa Esuama Abrefa is a corporate legal practitioner with specialisation in land property acquisition.

The President is however seeking the advice from the Council of State on the new appointments and hopes that the Council of State will discharge its constitutional duty “expeditiously to enable him make these critical appointments to the Commission.”


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