First Lady Rebecca Akufo-Addo has described Electoral Commission Chairperson nominee Jean Adukwei Mensa, as a woman of “impeccable reputation”.
“I am excited about the appointment of Mrs Jean A. Mensa as the Chairperson of the Electoral Commission”, Mrs Akufo-Addo tweeted, adding: “She has an impeccable reputation for being hardworking and efficient”.
“I pray that God gives her wisdom and fortitude to handle this position. Congratulations, Mrs Jean A. Mensa”, Mrs Akufo-Addo said.
President Nana Akufo-Addo named Mrs Mensa, Executive Director of the Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA), as the new Chair on Monday, 23 July.
The newly-appointed deputies are a political science lecturer at the University of Ghana, Dr Eric Asare Bossman; and Samuel Tettey, Director of Electoral services in charge of elections at the Electoral Commission. Ms Adjoa Esuama Abrefa, a corporate legal practitioner with specialisation in land property acquisition, has also been appointed as a member of the commission.
A statement signed by Chief of Staff, Frema Osei Opare, on Monday, 23 July 2018, said: “The President of the Republic of Ghana, has, by a letter dated Thursday, 19 July 2018, sought the advice of the Council of State, in accordance with Article 7 (2) of the 1992 Constitution, for the appointment of the New Chair, two deputy chair persons and a member of the Electoral Communications (EC).
“This follows the removal from office on Thursday 28th June 2018 of the former chairperson of the EC, Mrs Charlotte Osei and the two deputies: Mr Amadu Sulley and Mrs Goergina Opoku Amankwah, by President Akufo-Addo after a committee established by the Chief Justice, Justice Sophia Akuffo to investigate petitions brought against them, recommended their removal.
“Further, the retirement of Mrs Pauline Dadzawa, a member of the commission, on Monday 30th April 2018 has created an additional vacancy within the commission”.