Second Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Alban Bagbin, has advised the Electoral Commission Chair nominee, Mrs Jean Adukwei Mensa, to turn down the appointment.
According to the Nadowli-Kaleo lawmaker, the EC chair job “is a turf too rough” for a woman.
Speaking on Class91.3FM on Thursday, 26 July 2018, Mr Bagbin disclosed that he advised the dismissed EC Chair Charlotte Osei to reject the position when she was appointed by Mr John Mahama, but she did not heed his advice.
The flag bearer-hopeful of the main opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) said he does not want Mrs Mensa to suffer the fate of her predecessor who was sacked by President Nana Akufo-Addo over certain breaches.
Mr Bagbin told show host Moro Awudu that: “If you ask Mrs Charlotte Osei, she will tell you that I advised her not to accept that position. I told her I’ve been in the game and I know it and I told her that if she had another option like going to the Supreme Court, she should rather accept that, but she told me candidly: as for her, she is available to serve the nation in any capacity, and she got there and these are the results. It’s the same advice I’ll give to Jean Adukwei Mensa. If she also decides to risk it, so be it.”
President Nana Akufo-Addo, on Monday, 23 July 2018, named Mrs Mensa who is the Executive Director of the Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA), as the new Chair to replace Mrs Charlotte Osei, whom he sacked along with her two deputies Amadu Sulley and Georgina Opoku Amankwah, over procurement breaches and incompetence, per the recommendations of a committee set up by Chief Justice Sophia Akuffo to probe the three commissioners.