The Ministry of Gender has condemned the member of Parliament for Assin-Central, Kennedy Agyapong, after he suggested that Electoral Commission (EC) Chairperson Charlotte Osei landed the job by giving sexual favours.
“Charlotte Osei, bring your buttocks (sexual affair) in exchange of EC Chair position (fawoto be gye golf),” the MP said while addressing party supporters at a rally in Kumasi.
The remark has provoked outrage among some Ghanaians, with some expressing disgust at the conduct of Mr Agyapong.
In reaction, Gender Minister Nana Oye Lithur described the remark as regrettable, saying that Ghanaian women will not countenance personal attacks on women who have committed to serve Ghana in public office.
She said as a public officer, Mr Agyapong should rather promote non-discrimination, respect for human dignity and gender equality.
Earlier, private legal practitioner, Ace Ankomah, defended Madam Osei's reputation in a post on Facebook.
He said he had attended law school at the University of Ghana with her and that they had proceeded to a graduate school, Queen's University, in Canada.
Mr Ankomah said they later worked together at the law firm Bentsi-Enchill, Letsa & Ankomah.
Stressing that the EC boss had attained the position as a result of education and hard work, the lawyer called on members of the public to condemn Mr Agyapong's remark.
“I call on all well-meaning Ghanaians to speak up and out against this and any other denigration of women. The African woman works against considerable odds to attain heights that men take for granted. It is not allowed for her to be denigrated in this manner, simply because a person disagrees with her.
“I call on political parties whose members make such comments to have the guts, spine and cojones to condemn such statements too," he said.