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Do you know, Mrs. Jean Mensah is also a Lawyer! Read More About her and see Her Beautiful PICS.

The Electoral Commission is one of the governance institutions provided under the 1992 constitution. The Commission was established by the Electoral Commission Act (Act 451) of 1993. It was set up purposely to manage the conduct of all public elections and Referenda, to handle all matters directly related to the conduct of elections in the country. It is made up of 7 members – a Chairman, 2 Deputy Chairmen, and 4 other members.

President Nana Addo appointed Jean Adukwei Mensa as the Chair of the Electoral Commission of Ghana on the 23 July 2018 and this is her first ever significant public sector appointment. Jean Adukwei Mensa is also a Ghanaian lawyer.

Mrs. Mensa was known nationally before her appointment by H. E Nana Addo, as the Executive Director at the Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA), a renowned Civil Society Group that has a long renowned record of promoting national unity, accountability and public office responsibility by facilitating the famous IEA’s Evening Encounter Series, Ghana’s Presidential and Vice-Presidential Debates, as well as Town Hall Meetings for parliamentary candidates.

These events to a large extent helped boost accountability and transparency of the political process and also allowed an interface between Candidates and their constituents which directly played a pivotal role in strengthening Ghana’s democracy and promoting strong institutions.

She and the IEA, played major roles 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. She spent 118 solid years at IEA building it into an internationally acclaimed institution that went on to receive international partnership with Facebook Inc for instance. Her specialization has been developing and implementing policy alternatives that reflect international best practice but are also tailored to Ghana’s needs.

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 1996. Jean Mensa also received an executive education from the Harvard Business School (2018).

Prior to working at the IEA, Mrs Mensa also worked at Amarkai Amarteifio Chambers between 1995 to 1997 and at BJ Da Rocha Chambers as a Junior Lawyer in 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 in 2017. She has also 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 in 2014.

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