Outgoing U.S. Ambassador, Robert P. Jackson, has said he is “very troubled” about the description of the dismissed Chairperson of the Electoral Commission (EC) as “incompetent”.
Mr Jackson said despite her removal from office, Mrs Charlotte Osei remains one of the most competent persons he has ever met.
President Nana Akufo-Addo removed Mrs 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 Class FM Friday, 13 July 2018, Mr Jackson said: “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.”
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: “I would give her the award as Woman of Courage again today if we were to do it over. I still believe that she and her fellow commissioners conducted the fairest, most transparent election I have ever personally witnessed. It was a tremendous success.