EC Chair remains focused despite insults

The EC Chair Mrs Charlotte Osei said with the support of her family and friends, she remains resolute to do her best as boss of the EC.

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She was speaking after she was awarded the US government’s Woman Of Courage award for 2017 at the US Embassy in Accra.

In her address, she expressed gratitude to everyone who has supported her during such difficult moments.

“In spite of all the challenges, obstacles, attacks and hurdles I have faced in my 6-year journey in public service, I still truly believe that it is a great honour and a privilege to serve one’s country. And it is a special privilege to serve in the capacity of the Chair of the Electoral Commission.”

“I truly am grateful for the honour and the privilege and I thank all of you who have been a part of my journey…in those trying moments, the values of truth, integrity, honesty, and fairness, which my parents instilled in me from my childhood kept me focused on delivering on my promise to the people of Ghana,” she added.

After her appointment by then President John Mahama, the EC Chair faced a number of challenges. She was attacked mainly by political parties in the country who did not agree with some decisions made by the EC.

The governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) which was then the major opposition party especially condemned a number of actions by the EC prior to the 2016 elections.

She is currently under investigations over alleged managerial incompetence among others being championed by some staff of the EC.

However, Osei said she finds love and support from her family and friends. She added that the support she has makes her resolute to give her best for the Commission she heads.

“There were many days in the last two years when I felt very heavily, the burden of leadership. The weight of, as it seemed, carrying the entire peace and stability of the nation on my shoulders. But through it all, I could always count on the love and support of my husband, my children and my friends."

“I lost a lot of acquaintances, but I gained a lot of true friends. And for that, I recognise that I am a very blessed person. I just want to take a minute to thank them: my husband, my children, my dad, my siblings and my very, few and supportive special friends: their unwavering love and support – bearing the brunt of falsehoods and insults, and many provocations – has kept me steady and given me the strength to go on.”

“My beloved daughters have endured not only my long days away from home without complaining, but made many sacrifices for me and continue to understand and do whatever it takes to keep Mummy going; thanks, girls.”

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