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General News of Sunday, 16 December 2018

Source: 3news.com

I was happy about my appointment – Jean Mensa

EC Chairperson, Jean Mensa EC Chairperson, Jean Mensa

Chairperson of the Electoral Commission, Ghana (EC) Jean Mensa says she was excited about her appointment when it was made known to her.

“It came as a pleasant surprise and of course, I was happy about it. I was joyful about it and elated about it and thankful to God about it.”

She stated, nonetheless, that she felt she had taken a wrong decision to accept the appointment because she was on her way for her Sabbatical leave when she had a call from the presidency.

She said she initially thought the call was on some of the recommendations by the Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA) but it turned out to be a “pleasant surprise”.

Mrs Mensa made all these known on TV3’s Today’s Woman on Saturday, December 15.

She was making an appearance on the show, which returned after a long break.

The former Executive Director of IEA said she least expected such an appointment.

“It was surprising and this was something I had not expected.”

Jean Mensa replaced Charlotte Osei as the Chair of Ghana’s Electoral Commission after the latter became the subject of a petition filed with the president.

Mrs Mensa said she will continue to hold on to integrity in decision-making, admitting that there are always dissentients to any decision that comes from the EC.

“You take a decision, and you stand by truth. You stand by the integrity of your decision and you are not perturbed by what others say because you know you can’t please everybody.”

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