A lawyer Mrs Charlotte Osei has been appointed the new chairperson of the Electoral Commission of Ghana, an official communication from the Flagstaff House announced.
She becomes the first woman head of the electoral body and her first major assignment is to oversee the September 1, 2015 District Assembly Elections.
President John Dramani Mahama in accordance with Article 70(2) of the 1992 Constitution appointed Mrs. Osei to replace retired Dr Kwadwo Afari Gyan.
A statement signed by Chief of Staff Julius Debrah said Mrs. Osei was until her appointment the Chairperson of the National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE).
Mrs. Osei, a lawyer with considerable experience in public service management, institutional reform also has expertise in corporate law, banking, insurance, project financing and public-private partnerships.
The new EC Chairperson holds a Masters in Law (LLM) from Queen’s University, Kingston, Canada and a Masters in Business Leadership from the University of South Africa, Pretoria. She obtained an LLB (Hons) from the University of Ghana in 1992.
Dr. Gyan is retiring from the EC after 23 years of service as Chairman of the National Electoral Commission.
He was in charge of the 1992, 1996, 2000, 2004, 2008 and 2012 general elections in Ghana.