President Akufo-Addo achieved a significant surprise yesterday when he nominated Jean Adukwei Mensa for appointment as the chairperson of the Electoral Commission (EC).
Mrs. Mensa is the Executive Director of policy think tank, the Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA) and coordinator of the Ghana Political Parties Programme.
The President additionally appointed two deputy commissioners, Samuel Tettey, and Dr Eric Asare Bossman, and another commissioner, Adwoa Asuama Abrefa, to replace Pauline Adobea Dzadzawa, who retired in recent times.
The nominations follow the elimination of EC chairperson, Charlotte Osei, and her two deputies- Sulley Amadu in-charge of Operations and Georgina Opoku Amankwah in-charge of Corporate Services from office.
In accordance with Article 146 (9) of the 1992 Constitution, the President’s action followed a recommendation by a five-member committee set up by Chief Justice Sophia A.B. Akuffo, which established the a prima facie case against three EC bosses.
The committee’s report had captured serious breaches of procurement laws, and as a result, the committee, chaired by Justice Anthony Alfred Benin of the Supreme Court, recommended their removal from office on grounds of “stated misbehaviour and incompetence.”
A statement from the Jubilee House and signed by Chief of Staff, Frema Osei-Opare, which shows that the decision of President was based on the recommendations of the committee which set up by the Chief Justice, Sophia Akuffo, that investigated the matter and the following retirement of another member of the EC, Pauline Dzadzawa on Monday, April 30, 2018.
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