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Jean Adukwei Mensa is a Ghanaian lawyer and Chairperson of the Electoral Commission of Ghana. She was preceded by Charlotte Osei. Prior to assuming the role of Chairperson of the Electoral Commission, Jean Mensa spent an 18 year career at the Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA) rising to the position of Executive Director and playing a pivotal role in strengthening Ghana’s democracy and promoting strong institutions. She is one of the few Ghanaian women who have risen to occupy top positions inthe country.
Jean Mensa received her secondary education at the St. Mary's Senior High School. She studied at the University of Ghana, Faculty of Law and received her degree in 1993. She was called to the Bar in 1995.
Jean Adukwei Mensa was appointed as the Chairperson of the Electoral Commission of Ghana on 23 July 2018, after her predecessor was removed from office. For two decades, Mrs. Mensa has been a leader in policy research and advocacy.She has been involved in the development of policies such as the Presidential Transition Act of 2012, the Revised 1992 Constitution of Ghana (draft), the Political Parties Funding Bill, and the Revised Political Parties Bill. Her specialization has been developing and implementing policy alternatives that reflect international best practice but are also tailored to Ghana’s needs. This is her first ever significant public sector appointment.
Jean was sworn in by the President of Ghana, Akufo-Addo. The swearing came in after a citizen of Ghana by the name, Fafali Nyonatorto sought to halt the President from going through with the process of appointing a new Electoral Commission chair. The citizen challenged the removal of the former Electoral Commission to enable the court to hear her substantive case. The President claimed the removal of the former Chairperson of the Electoral Commission Charlotte Osei from her office was carried on with no malice. The president said it was expected of him to discharge the constitutional mandate.
Mrs. Mensa’s long record of promoting national unity and cohesion include facilitating the IEA’s Evening Encounter Series, Ghana’s Presidential and Vice-Presidential Debates, as well as Town Hall Meetings for parliamentary candidates. These events not only bolstered accountability and transparency of the political process but also allowed an interface between Candidates and their constituents.
Prior to working at the IEA, Mrs Mensa also worked at Amarkai Amarteifio Chambers (1995-1997) and BJ Da Rocha Chambers as a Junior Lawyer (1998).
Mensa has been ranked by the African Network of Entrepreneurs (TANOE) as one of the Top 60 outstanding, inspiring and hardworking corporate women leaders in Ghana (2017). She has won several awards including the Excellent Leadership Award by the EXLA Group (2013) and the Young Professional Role Model in Governance Award presented by the Young Professionals and Youth Coalition Initiative (2014).
The Electoral Commission chaired by Jean was heavily chastised by some section of Ghanaians over the compilation of a new voter's register amidst the covid-19 pandemic.
The Electoral Commission under her watch is currently involved as the 1st respondent in the Election Petition filed in the Supreme Court by John Dramani Mahama regarding the 2020 elections.
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