Charlotte Osei has delivered, hasn’t she?

Madam Charlotte Osei – the Chair of Ghana’s Electoral Commission (EC) said sometime back the EC was going to give Ghanaians the “best elections ever”. By and large she and the EC have delivered just that.

She had been vilified, and called names, but she was unperturbed and focused. Did you notice how she did not ‘mind’ Hon. Kennedy Agyapong and his wild allegations?  Which allegations he later retracted — much to the fury (I doubt fury is the right word. Maybe utter disdain) of some his own colleagues; like Hon. Ursula Owusu-Ekuful.

I went to my polling station at the Dansoman Datus school at around 3.30 pm to cast my ballot. The place was virtually deserted – to my surprise. Pleasantly surprised; because in 2012, around the same time, there was a long, long queue at the only voting station. This time, there were four different voting stations scattered on the large compound.

Mrs. Osei may be an angel in disguise after all – even though many may have suspected (and there were rumors going around) that she was a pawn of those who appointed her.

Mustapha Hamid, Nana Akufo-Addo’s spokesman said on Joy FM’s Newsfile, December 10th: “Charlotte Osei has proved us wrong… absolutely… no doubt about that…” He was inferring that their (NPP’s) skepticism of the EC chair’s neutrality was misplaced.

Charlotte Osei has delivered, hasn’t she?
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Elections, losers should concede quickly – Kofi Annan

Below quoted is a statement issued on 9th December 2016, by former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan concerning the 2016 General Elections in Ghana. (Kofi Annan is Ghanaian by birth).

I want to congratulate the Election Commission, its staff and the people of Ghana for conducting a good election on 7 December, worthy of our democratic tradition. I also applaud the support and the diligence of the electoral observers – national and international.

I call on the candidates, their parties and their supporters to remain calm until the announcement of the final results by the Election Commission. There is no reason for incitement.

In the spirit of democracy, I call on the losers to concede as quickly as possible to defuse tensions and allay uncertainties.

Let me take this opportunity to congratulate the five candidates who have already done so in light of the preliminary results and clear trends.

The people of Ghana are waiting and watching, let’s not disappoint them.

Elections, losers should concede quickly – Kofi Annan
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