Charlotte Osei’s reign as chairperson of the Electoral Commission has finally ended. The 49-year-old was relieved of her duties on Thursday evening.
Madam Osei has been under the spotlight for many months, following allegations of financial malfeasance labeled against her.
The EC boss has also been on bad terms with her two deputies, Amadu Sulley and Georgina Opoku Amankwah, with the trio accusing each other of mismanagement of the Commission’s funds.
The sacking of Madam Osei is bound to make headlines in the next few weeks, especially with the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) not enthused by President Akufo-Addo’s decision.
Below are five things you may not have known about Madam Charlotte Osei.
1. She’s Ghana’s first female to serve as EC boss
Charlotte Osei made history when she was appointed chairperson of the Electoral Commission by becoming the first ever female to occupy the position since Ghana’s Independence.
The embattled EC was appointed by former president John Mahama ahead of the 2016 elections following the retirement of Kwadwo Afari-Gyan.
2. She also served as Chairperson for NCCE
Before Charlotte Osei’s appointment as EC she used to serve as chairperson for the National Commission on Civic Education (NCCE).
She served as NCCE boss from 2011 to 2015 before being appointed as EC boss by the erstwhile Mahama administration.
3. She is a lawyer
is that she is a lawyer. The embattled EC boss actually obtained the her LLB in 1992 at the Ghana School of Law.
Madam Osei also has a Master of Law, (LLM), from Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada and a Master of Business Leadership (MBL) from the University of South Africa.
4. She was called to the bar in 1994
Having successfully graduated as a lawyer at the Ghana School of Law in 1992, Madam Charlotte Osei was called to the bar just two years later.
In 1994, she was called to the bar and has also worked as a Senior Legal Officer at the Ghana Commercial Bank in the past.
5. She lectured at UG Did you also know that Charlotte Osei used to lecture at the University of Ghana?
In fact, she has had two spells with the University, in the mid and late ‘90s.
Madam Osei served as a Teaching Assistant at the Faculty of Law in 1995 and 1996, and again served as a part-time lecturer in commercial law at the university from 1997 until 2003.