President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has nominated the Executive Director of the Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA), Mrs Jean Adukwei Mensa, to be considered for appointment as the new chairperson of the Electoral Commission.

President Akufo-Addo has also nominated three other persons, two to be considered for appointment as deputy chairpersons and one as a commission member.

A press statement, signed and issued by the Chief of Staff, Akosua Frema Osei-Opare on Monday July 23 mentioned Mr. Samuel Tettey, the Director of Elections at the Electoral Commission and Dr. Eric Asare Bossman, head of political science department of the University of Ghana as the two who are being considered for appointment as deputy chairpersons.

The fourth person who is being considered for appointment as a Member of the Commission Ms. Adwoa Asuama Abrefa.

The statement by the Chief of Staff said President Akufo-Addo in a letter dated, Thursday, July 19, 2018, sought the advice of the Council of State, in accordance with Article 70(2) of the Constitution.

The development follows the removal from office, on Thursday, June 28, 2018, of the former Chairperson of the EC, Mrs Charlotte Osei, and the two deputies, Mr. Amadu Sulley and Mrs. Georgina Opoku Amankwaa, by President Akufo-Addo, after the Committee established by the Chief Justice, Justice Sophia Akuffo, to investigate petitions brought against them, recommended their removal.

Again, the retirement from office of Mrs. Pauline Adobea Dadzawa, a Member of the Commission, on Monday, April 30, 2018 also required the appointment of a new person to fill the vacancy in the Commission.

The statement said President Akufo-Addo was “hopeful that the Council of State will discharge its constitutional duty expeditiously, to enable him make these critical appointments to this very important institution of State.”

Below is a copy of the statement

PRESIDENT AKUFO-ADDO NOMINATES NEW CHAIRPERSON. DEPUTY CHAIRPERSONS AND MEMBER OF THE ELECTORAL COMMISSION

The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has, by letter dated, Thursday, 19”’ July, 2018, sought the advice of the Council of State, in accordance with Article 70(2) of the Constitution, for the appointment of a new Chairperson, two Deputy Chairpersons, and a Member of the Electoral Commission (EC).

This follows the removal from office, on Thursday, 28th June, 2018, of the former Chairperson of the EC, Mrs Charlotte Osei, and the two deputies, Mr. Amadu Sulley and Mrs. Georgina Opoku Amankwah, by President Akufo-Addo, after the Committee established by the Chief Justice, Justice Sophia Akuffo, to investigate petitions brought against them, recommended their removal. Further, the retirement from office of Mrs. Pauline Dadzawa, a Member of the Commission, on Monday, 30th April, 2018, has created an additional vacancy in the Commission.

The following persons have, thus, been nominated for appointment by the President to fill these vacancies, subject to the advice of the Council of State:

1. Mrs. Jean Adukwei Mensa – Chairperson

2. Mr. Samuel Tettey – Deputy Chairperson

3. Dr. Eric Asare Bossman – Deputy Chairperson

4. Ms. Adwoa Asuama Abrefa – Member of the Commission

President Akufo-Addo is hopeful that the Council of State will discharge its constitutional duty expeditiously, to enable him make these critical appointments to this very important institution of State.

HON. AKOSUA FREMA OSEI-OPARE CHIEF OF STAFF
REPUBLIC Of GHANA
OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT

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