Despite the troubles faced by Charlotte Osei, chairperson of Ghana's Electoral Commission, in her home country, she seems to be a glowing example for many across the world, beyond the borders and shores of Ghana.
The EC chair was honored with a Women of Courage award from the United States.
The award, which was present to Charlotte Osei by the US Ambassador to Ghana, Robert P. Jackson was to extol her bravery prior to, during and after the tense 2016 General Elections.
The Women of Courage Award is an American award presented annually to women around the world who have shown leadership, courage, and willingness to sacrifice for others, especially in promoting women’s rights.
In his remarks, Ambassador Jackson noted that the EC chair indeed "epitomizes the phrase, woman of courage."
According to the US Ambassador, the new rules and reforms undertaken by Charlotte Osei when she took over the helms of affairs of the EC guaranteed a sure credibility of the 2016 General Elections.
Mr. Jackson believed that those measures reduced the risk of any political party coming forward to dispute the results.
Charlotte Osei, on her part, humbly noted that she could not take all the glory for the success of the 2016 General Elections.
The 2017 Women of Courage award recipient attributed her success to the collective efforts of the Electoral Commissions staff and others who "contributed in diverse ways to the successful elections and the national peace and stability we continue to enjoy."
She thank the former EC boss, Dr. Kwaku Afari Gyan for guiding and supporting her throughout her taking charge of affairs at the EC.
Charlotte Osei also offered gratitude to her husband, children, family and friends saw her through times she described as though the "weight of...the nation" was dragging her down under.
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