We have over the years had a series of Electoral Commissioners, however, the challenges confronted by each of them varies significantly with time and the political climate in question.
Though it has been enshrined in the Supreme Law of the land as an independent body, its collaborative works with the Political Parties is often times questioned by the public, which mostly put the integrity and transparency of its operational activities in doubt by many.
Those who have lost trust in the system have made a series of recommendations, with the most common suggesting that the government leaves all electoral processes in the hands of a private entity.
Well, I do not personally think this will in any way be a better option for the country. What I think we should however do is to give the mandate to selfless and competent individuals with a high level of neutrality in the Ghanaian political environment.
In other words, those with no political affiliation, who truly have a comprehensive picture of the entire electoral processes of Ghana.
On the other side of the coin, some have really worked tirelessly to promote peace, tranquility and stability during every electoral periods in the country.
In this article however, we present to you the three most current Electoral Commissioners of Ghana, and as well have an interactive discussion on the level of transparency regarding Election Organization and Administration in the country during their tenure of office.
The first personality on the list is Dr. Kwadwo Afari-Gyan.
Born on June 18, 1945 at Anyimon in the Brong-Ahafo Region of Gold Coast (now Ghana), Kwadwo Afari-Gyan served as a Deputy Chairman of the Interim National Electoral Commission by the Provisional National Defense Council in 1992, and further became the country's Chairman of the Electoral Commission from 1993 to 2015.
Afari-Gyan initially obtained his Ordinary Level Certificate and Advanced Level Certificate from Achimota School and Adisadel College respectively before proceeding to the University of Ghana, Legon for his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Philosophy in 1967.
Two years later, he graduated with a Master of Arts Degree in African Politics from the same University.
Kwadwo Afari-Gyan additionally obtained his PhD in Political Science from the University of California, Santa Barbara, United States in 1974.
In academia, he lectured at the University of Ghana, some Universities in the United States and Nigeria as well.
He was also one of the powerful brains behind the drafting of Ghana's Fourth Republican Constitution.
Dr. Afari-Gyan is married and blessed with four children.
2. Charlotte Kessen-Smith Osei
Born on February 1, 1969, Charlotte Kessen-Smith Osei served as the Chairperson of the National Commission for Civic Education (from 2011 to 2015) and Chairperson of the Electoral Commission of Ghana (from 2015 to 2018).
She is an alumnus of the University of Ghana Law Faculty, University of South Africa, Pretoria and Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada; where she obtained her Bachelor of Laws Degree, Master of Business Leadership and Master of Laws (LLM) respectively.
She is also an old student of Ghana National College in Cape Coast, Ghana.
3. Jean Adukwei Mensa
In 2017, Jean Mensa was ranked as one of the Top 60 Outstanding, Diligent and Inspiring Women Leaders in the country by the African Network of Entrepreneurs (TANOE).
Prior to her appointment as the Chairperson of the Electoral Commission of Ghana in 2018, Mrs. Mensa was excellently performing her role particularly regarding the strengthening of the country's democratic environment and promotion of resilient and strong institutions as the Executive Director of the Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA).
She is also a competent lawyer who formerly served as a junior legal practitioner at Amarkai Amarteifio Chambers (from 1995 to 1997) and further joined BJ Da Rocha Chambers in 1998.
Jean Mensa is an alumnus of the University of Ghana Faculty of Law.
She is also an old student of St. Mary's Senior High School.
Who among these three leaders was truly transparent to Ghanaians in their duty?
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