Foreign Affairs Minister, Hon. Hanna Serwaa Tetteh has jumped to the defense of the Commissioner of the Electoral Commission (EC), Madam Charlotte Osei over attacks target at her by individuals.
The Member of Parliament for Awutu Senya West Constituency in Facebook post chided those who made claims that the first female Commissioner is incompetent to manage her new office. Although it remains unclear who the post is directed at, it comes on the heels of scathing attacks launched on the former boss of the National Commission on Civic Education (NCCE), by fire brand New Patriotic Party’s legislator, Kennedy Agyapong.
In a quote attributed to him by Kumasi-based Ultimate FM, Mr. Agyapong said some highly placed officials in government told Osei to “bring your buttocks in exchange of EC Chair position.”
The Member of Parliament (MP) for Assin Central ‘if indeed Nana Addo (the party’s running mate) wins according to the pink sheets and Charlotte Osei dares to rig the elections by twisting our arms in favour of the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC), we will not allow it to happen in Ghana.”
The post read, “The Chairperson of the Electoral Commission is a qualified lawyer who has worked as a competent professional throughout her legal career and who also is the immediate past Chairperson of the National Commission for Civic education.
To suggest that she had no competence to be appointed Electoral Commissioner and to subject her to a vicious personal attack is most unfortunate.” She added that, “Any citizen can complain about the Electoral Commission, the way they are executing their mandate and preparing towards the upcoming elections. Those are the benefits of living in a democracy, but the personal attacks on the EC Chairperson are uncalled for, and are designed to undermine her credibility and her leadership of the organization.
No political party is contesting elections against the electoral commission, we should not undermine the integrity of the organization or the Chairperson on the back of allegations that have not, and most likely cannot be substantiated.”