Mahama swears in new EC Chair, Charlotte Osei

President John Dramani Mahama has sworn in newly appointed chairperson of Ghana’s Electoral Commission, Charlotte Osei at the Flagstaff House.

The ceremony was graced by representatives of the various political parties with Paul Afoko representing the main opposition New Patriotic Party – NPP. Samia Nkrumah, Chairperson of the Convention Peoples Party – CPP was present as well as Alhaji Ramadan of the Peoples National Convention – PNC. sources have said Madam Charlotte Osei tendered in her resignation letter to the board of the National Center for Civic Education – NCCE, where she was the chairperson.

Her appointment has been met with mixed reactions especially because of a case pending before the Supreme Court, waiting for interpretation. The case was filed by journalist, Richard Sky seeking the court to interpret Article 70(2) which gives the president the powers to appoint a chairperson and his/her deputies “upon the advice” of the Council of State.

The Supreme Court is yet to rule on the case but the president has gone ahead to appoint the replacement of Dr. Kwadjo Afari Gyan who retired this month.

Some political watchers have dismissed claims that President Mahama aired in naming an appointment ahead of the courts ruling.

Mrs. Osei, a lawyer with considerable experience in public service management, institutional reform also has expertise in corporate law, banking, insurance, project financing and public-private partnerships.

The new EC Chairperson holds a Masters in Law (LLM) from Queen’s University, Kingston, Canada and a Masters in Business Leadership from the University of South Africa, Pretoria. She obtained an LLB (Hons) from the University of Ghana in 1992.

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By Martin Asiedu-Dartey||Ghana