NPP congratulates new EC Chair; says she is competent

NPP congratulates new EC Chair; says she is competent
Source: Ghana | | George Nyavor |
Date: 26-06-2015 Time: 06:06:16:am

The dominant opposition party, New Patriotic Party (NPP), has lauded Mrs Charlotte Osei’s appointment as the new Electoral Commissioner.

Director of Elections of the party, Martin Adjei Mensah Korsah, congratulated the new Electoral Commission Chair and expressed confidence in her ability to deliver.

“One cannot question her competence, her abilities. She has been involved in public administration for some time”, he told Joy News Friday.

However, he was unhappy President John Mahama did not address key recommendations in the Constitutional Review Committee report before appointing Dr Kwadwo Afari Gyan’s replacement.

“The Constitutional Review Committee report sought a move away from the indefinite tenure of [Electoral Commissioners] to some limited tenure for election administration. Across the globe Ghana seems to be the only odd one in this process of an indefinite tenure”, he said.

He said a limited tenure for Electoral Commissioners brings transparency, efficiency and accountability.

“But all of these, I don’t think, have been properly addressed. For now we can say congratulations to her. One cannot challenge her competence”, he said.

President Mahama in accordance with Article 70(2) of the 1992 Constitution appointed Mrs. Charlotte Kesson Smith Osei as Chair of the Electoral Commission (EC) of Ghana becoming the first woman to hold the position since independence in 1957. 

Mrs. Osei, who takes over from Dr Kwadwo Afari Gyan, was the Chairperson of the National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE) until her appointment.

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