- Jean Mensa, has been sworn into office by President Akufo-Addo as the new Chairperson of the Electoral Commission
- President Akufo-Addo also swore-in seven judges to the High Court
President Akufo-Addo has officially sworn in Madam Jean Mensa as the new Chairperson of the Electoral Commission.
The former Executive Director of the Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA) was sworn in on Wednesday, August 1, 2018.
Two weeks ago, the President nominated Jean Mensa to replace Charlotte Osei who was axed from office last month.
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She was nominated together with three other persons, who are also set to replace Amadu Sulley and Georgina Opoku Amankwah as deputy EC Chairs.
Charlotte Osei and her deputies were dismissed from office for incompetence and breaching of procurement laws in the award of several contracts, prior to the 2016 elections.
However, all four nominees for the vacant EC posts, led by Jean Mensa, have now been officially sworn in by President Akufo-Addo.
This was despite strong rejection from the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), who accused the President of nominating a “bias” person to Chair the EC.
Also, a Ghanaian citizen, Fafali Nyonatorto, headed to court in a bid to stop the President from continuing with the process of appointing a new Electoral Commission Chair.
She held that Charlotte Osei was wrongly dismissed and was therefore seeking an injunction on the appointment of a new EC Chair.
However, the Supreme Court dismissed the injunction suit, clearing the way for all nominees to be sworn in.
The other members of the Commission sworn in were Samuel Tettey as deputy Chairperson, Dr. Eric Asare Bossman, also a deputy Chairperson, and Ms. Adwoa Asuama Abrefa as a Member of Commission.
President Akufo-Addo also on Wednesday when he swore into office seven new High Court judges, at a brief ceremony at Jubilee House, Accra.
The judges are Afia Nyarko Adu-Amankwa, John Ekow Mensah, Janet Anima Maafo, Matthew Kyeremateng, Joan Eyi King, Frederick Tetteh, and John Eugene Nyante Nyadu.
Describing the High Court as “the focal point for justice delivery in our judicial structure”, the President indicated that much of the work of the Judiciary begins and ends there.
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