Jean Adukwei Mensa, the Executive Director of the Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA) has been chosen as the new Chairperson of the Electoral Commission.
On Monday, July 23, 2018, this was announced in a statement from the Presidency.
Other persons nominated for appointment to the Commission by the President Akufo-Addo. Their names are;
The statement was signed by the Chief of Staff, Frema Opare-Osei and he said that Akufo-Addo, had wanted the advice of the Council of State in accordance with Article 70(2) of the Constitution, for the appointment of a new Chairperson, two Deputy Chairpersons and a Member of the Electoral Commission (EC).”
The statement added that President Akufo-Addo is confident that the Council of State will release its constitutional duty expeditiously, to allow him make these critical appointments to this very important institution of State.
To investigate separate complaints brought by some Ghanaian citizens, President Akufo-Addo removed the Chairperson of the Electoral Commission, Charlotte Osei and her two deputies – Amadu Sulley and Georgina Opoku Amankwa from office on June 28, 2018. He did so upon the recommendation of a committee set up by the Chief Justice.
Charlotte Osei was accused of a variety of procurement breaches, at the same time the deputies were also found blameworthy of same offenses as well as financial malfeasance.
Although government spokespersons have defensible the move, some members of the opposition have challenged it, and they said that Madam Charlotte Osei, who was appointed by then-President John Mahama, was only hounded out to enable the NPP to put together the election in 2020.
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