Mrs. Charlotte Osei has been appointed Ghana’s new Electoral Commissioner (EC), a press release from the Office of the President issued Thursday night, June 25, 2015 says.
According to the release which was copied to ghanabusinessnews.com, the President, John Dramani Mahama has, in accordance with Article 70(2) of the 1992 Constitution, appointed Mrs. Charlotte Osei as Chairperson of the Electoral Commission (EC) of Ghana. Mrs. Osei takes over from Dr. Kwadwo Afari-Gyan who has retired after 23 years of service.
Dr. Afari-Gyan has been the Chairman of the EC since 1993, after serving as the Deputy Chairman in charge of operations of the Interim National Electoral Commission (INEC) in 1992.
He supervised all elections in Ghana so far since the country re-introduced democracy after the 1981 military coup that overthrew a constitutional government. The elections were held in1992, 1996, 2000, 2004, 2008 and 2012.
Mrs. Osei, who is a lawyer, until her appointment was the Chairperson of the National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE).
She holds a Masters in Law (LLM) from Queen’s University, Kingston, Canada and a Masters in Business Leadership from the University of South Africa, Pretoria. She obtained an LLB (Hons) from the University of Ghana in 1992.
She writes the following on her LinkedIn profile, “Significant experience in all facets of Law with particular specialization in Corporate/Business Law, banking, insurance and tax services.
In the past fifteen (15) years, I have gained significant experience as General Counsel & Company Secretary for financial institutions and international corporate establishments, advising on all compliance and regulatory issues, to corporate financing and restructuring, negotiating transactions, labour law and human resource management issues.
I consult on a variety of areas, provide support services for several Ghanaian companies, foreign investors and international development agencies in Ghana in the areas of incorporation, tax advisory services, labour law, immigration, insurance, debt management and human rights.”
By Emmanuel K. Dogbevi