Who gets EC top job? 4 names pop up

Barring any hitches, President Akufo-Addo would nominate a new chairperson of the Electoral Commission (EC) to replace the sacked Charlotte Osei.

Rumour mills are agog with speculations as to who would take over from Mrs Osei.

The President’s nomination is likely to be later in the week.

He would also nominate two deputies to replace Amadu Sulley in-charge of Operations and Georgina Opoku-Amakwah, in-charge of Corporate Services.

The three were removed recently from office by the President on grounds of stated misbehaviour and incompetence as recommended by a five-member committee set up by the Chief Justice to investigate the affected EC chieftains.

There have been wild speculations on who is likely to be nominated as the next EC chairperson, and yesterday social media was inundated with a supposed report that Justice Sophia Ophelia Adjeibea Adinyira of the Supreme Court had been selected for the post.

However, DAILY GUIDE’s sources said the report was not accurate because the judge, who also sat on the election petition case, is on the verge of retiring, having been appointed in 2006 by former President John Kufuor.

Although the presidency is keeping the name of the next EC boss under wraps, there have been speculations that three renowned academics and woman would likely be nominated by the president.

The names mentioned are Prof. Henrietta Joy Abena Nyarko Mensa-Bonsu, 61, a member of the United Nations Independent Panel on Peace Operations and the Director of Legon Centre for International Affairs and Diplomacy (LECIAD) at the University of Ghana, Legon; Prof. Emmanuel Gyimah Boadi, immediate-past Executive Director of the Ghana Centre for Democratic Development (CDD-Ghana), as well as the Executive Director Institute of Democratic Governance (IDEG).

Prof Mensa-Bonsu and Prof Gyimah-Boadi are both lawyers teaching at the University of Ghana.

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