- A former colleague to the new EC chair says she initially did not want to be the head of the commission
- Charlotte Osei's removal has struck much outrage among the opposition NDC which feels government wants to rig the next elections
- The former U.S. ambassador to Ghana says Jean Mensa will be a good replacement for Charlotte Osei
It has emerged that the new chairperson of the Electoral Commission (EC), Jean Mensa, had initially rejected the call on her to be the next EC boss.
This is according to a former colleague and close ally, Professor Ransford Gyampo, who says Jean Mensa had described the position as too stressful.
The professor revealed in an interview that the new electoral commissioner was initially not interested in the top position.
“I remember one time we were working and I said ‘what if one day you are asked to be the EC chair’ and she said ‘no’ that is too stressful, I’m not interested,” the professor stated.
The appointment of the new EC boss triggered so much outrage especially among the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC). The party believes the entire appointment of Jean Mensa is a secret ploy to rig future elections in the favour of the party.
Meanwhile, the outgoing U.S. ambassador to Ghana, Robert P Jackson, has stated that Jean Mensa is the best choice for the position of Electoral Commissioner (EC).
Speaking at a round-table conference with selected media personnel on the nomination an the criticism that has arisen, Mr. Jackson admonished the NDC and other political parties who may have issues with the nomination of Jean Mensa to bring them up during vetting.
Jean Mensa was the executive director of the IEA which organizes the presidential debate ahead of each election. She developed so many policy alternatives including the Presidential Transition Act, the Revised 1992 Constitution of Ghana (draft); the Political Parties Funding Bill and the Revised Political Parties Bill.
The new EC boss is also a member of the government committee tasked with preparing the Affirmative Action Bill. 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 2012 elections, has had bad blood with her as they accused her of doing the bidding of the New Patriotic Party (NPP).
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