Outgoing U.S. Ambassador to Ghana, Robert P. Jackson, has described the sacked Chairperson of Ghana’s Electoral Commission (EC), Mrs Charlotte Osei, as one of the most competent persons he has ever met despite her dismissal for “incompetence” and procurement breaches.
President Nana Akufo-Addo removed Mrs Charlotte Osei from office together with her two deputies: Georgina Opoku Amankwah and Amadu Sulley, based on a recommendation from a committee set up by the Chief Justice.
Reacting to Mrs Osei’s dismissal on Accra based Class fM, Ambassador Jackson defended the competence of the former EC chair.
Last year, the U.S. Embassy honoured Mrs Osei with the 2017 Women of Courage Award which is given annually to women around the world who have shown leadership, courage, and willingness to sacrifice for others, especially in promoting women’s rights.
Mr Jackson said he still would have Mrs. Osei the award as Woman of Courage if the embassy were to do it over saying she and her fellow commissioners conducted the fairest, most transparent elections with tremendous success.
“I don’t want to get into a debate about whether she was rightly impeached or not, I think that is for the court to decide, but, I have been very troubled about the accusation that she is incompetent, some people have used that word, but Charlotte Osei is one of the most competent people I have ever met, the Outgoing US Ambassador stated.”