- John Mahama has chided Nana Addo for sacking Charlotte Osei
- The former president believes the sacking of Charlotte Osei will erode Ghana's democracy
- Nana Addo has appointed a new EC boss in the person of Jean Mensa
The former president, John Dramani Mahama, has condemned the decision by the government to sack the former electoral commissioner and her two deputies.
Reacting to recent developments at the electoral commission, John Mahama described the removal of Charlotte Osei and her deputies as a "regrettable" development which poses the "potential to erode Ghana's democratic credentials."
Charlotte Osei was appointed Ghana's first Electoral Commission (EC) under the Mahama administration after serving as the head of the National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE).
Her youthfulness also added on to her being the youngest Ghanaian to have taken such a powerful position.
Her contribution to the 2016 election has been described as exceptional by international observers who have questioned the decision by the president to let her go.
President of the republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has appointed the executive director of the Institute of Economic Affairs, Mrs. Jean Mensa, as the electoral commissioner of Ghana.
One thing remains certain that the appointment of Jean Mensa will be greeted with stiff opposition from the National Democratic Congress (NDC).
The party, since the 2016 elections, has had bad blood with her as they accused her of doing the bidding of the New Patriotic Party (NPP).
Following the loud suspicions and allegations of doing the bidding of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) which started way back in 2012 by the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), it is clear for all to see that Mrs. Jean Mensa has a lot of cleaning up to do.
First will be to win the trust of many as a neutral and open-minded public official whose job it is to remain politically neutral on all fronts.
Her appointment comes in the wake of the sacking of her predecessor, Charlotte Osei, which has sparked anger and fury in the quarters of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC).
What is left at the EC for Jean Mensah to manage is a divided commission which needs to be mended and brought back to the standing it deserves to be as one of the powerful organs in Ghana today.
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