There is a common credit that Ghanaians accord to Dr. Afari Gyan even in his retirement as a former Chair of the Electoral Commission of Ghana, and so could it have been for his successor, Charlotte Osei. However, her actions caused her removal from the office.
She does have much to protect of her integrity and professionalism out of the service as an Election Consultant and Policy analyst to add to her legal background. However, her utterance in a recent media interview on Joy News gives her up for serious criticisms.
Charlotte Osei when asked if she voted in the 2020 election replied, Winston Amoah [the moderator] that she neither register nor felt the need to vote in the election. More it was her admission that she had no interest even to observe the process, at least as an election management expert.
This is a complete minus to her, as a professional and thus limits her the credibility of any future claim she will make about the country’s electoral process. It was made obvious she had no interest that as she said; “I have to spend time with my kids”.
Was it born out of some disgust she has for the product [electoral process] of her successor, Jean Mensah, that she does not want to have any experience or whatsoever with the past election? Some understanding could be made into this question if she had spoken about the 2016 election.
Charlotte Osei by all assessment, sought to downplay the relevance of the 2020 election given that she felt it wasn’t deserving of her time. Could it be also that she will not participate in any other electoral process in the country, given her recent appetite in electoral matters outside Ghana?
The former EC Chairperson was in 2019 appointed by the President of Afghanistan, Ashraf Ghani, as an international electoral commissioner in their past election. Today, the country is chaos, as the President had fled his own state due to the rebellion that had taken hold of the country.
She might not find anything wrong with her utterances but a section of Ghanaians in the political space could attack her credibility in any instance she makes a critique of the work of the elections in the country.
It might not manifest today but the records can not be taken out of context when one dares try to argue on her work or remark on election related matters in Ghana. For now, she better keeps to being an observer and refrain from criticizing the work of the EC.
Currently in public discourse is the proposed electoral reforms, which some actors such as Stephen Atubiga, Koku Anyidoho and others had chastised the NDC and Charlotte Osei for having failed to implement what was earlier proposed after the 2012 elections.
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