Charlotte Osei, Former Chairperson of the Electoral Commission, EC is in Liberia to lead the ECOWAS team of Information Technology (IT) experts to help the Liberian Elections Commission clean up its voter's register.
Reports suggest the controversial voter's register has derailed the confidence of the opposition community in the electoral system as the mid-term senatorial election draws closer.
The ECOWAS election and IT team were deployed following the request of President George Weah ahead of the senatorial elections, a constitutional referendum, and by-elections scheduled for 8th December 2020.
The deployment is also in keeping with the provisions of Article 14 of the Supplementary Protocol on Democracy and Good Governance as well as Article 53(c) of the ECOWAS Conflict Prevention Framework and the Decision of the Authority of Heads of State to send timely pre-election missions to member states holding elections to ensure a credible and a free and fair electoral process.
The technical arm of the team has been in Liberia since 22nd October 2020 and has been working with the NEC Data Centre, as well as the UNDP Consultants attached to the centre.
Charlotte Osei who arrived in Liberia’s capital Monrovia on Sunday (15 November ) has over 25 years’ experience in both the private and public sectors and has held various leadership positions.
About Charlotte Osei
Madam Osei was the first chairperson of Ghana’s Electoral Commission and supervised the 2016 presidential and Parliamentary elections until her removal in June 2018. Prior to that, she was also the first female Chairperson of the National Commission for Civic Education, NCCE, where she managed and ensured effective stakeholder engagement for a wide range of stakeholders including civil society organizations faith-based organizations among others.
The former EC Boss has been a technical expert as well as ECOWAS long-term observer to ECOWAS member states including serving in various ECOWAS pre-election fact-finding missions.
She was also a UN international non-voting Commissioner at the Electoral Complaints Commission in Afghanistan.