EC Boss Charlotte Osei, Says She Won’t be Voting in 2016 Elections; This is Why


Electoral Commission Chairperson Charlotte Osei has declared she will not be voting for any political party in the coming general elections. The EC boss made this disclosure on Thursday, in an interview with Paul Adom Otchere on ‘Good Evening Ghana’. According to her, voting is optional, not mandatory.

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Charlotte Osei explained the reason for her decision to stay away from casting her ballot to be that, she simply doesn’t want to. According to her, it is only a special privilege, as well as one’s civic right to do so. It is believed that the EC boss has decided to stay away from the voting part of the electoral process simply because she does not want to take sides in the political race.

Nonetheless, she urged Ghanaians to vote wisely during the elections in December. According to her, “…you must vote based on where you want to see this country go, and who you think can take this country to where you want this country to go”. She also encouraged the host of the show Paul Adom, to cast his vote in the elections. The EC boss promised to remain neutral in the course of the electoral exercise, which will decide who becomes Ghana’s next president.

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Madam Osei as a matter of fact, is not the first EC boss to waive her voting rights in an election. It can be recalled that her predecessor, Dr Kwadwo Afari Gyan, also refrained from casting his vote throughout the two decades he was chairman of the commission.

Ghana on December 7, 2016, will be going to the polls to elect a president and 275 lawmakers who will run the country for the next four years. The EC boss revealed during the interview, that the commission will recruit 146,000 officers for the December elections. She also indicated that the online application process would begin soon. Madam Osei added that the commission will be adopting stricter measures this year to ensure that the elections are not rigged.