The United Nations has appointed former Ghana’s electoral commissioner, Charlotte Osei as an International Elections Commissioner to Afghanistan as it prepares to hold crucial presidential polls in September.
The appointment of the former EC Chair was confirmed by a Presidential Decree issued by the President of Afghanistan, Ashraf Ghani.
The former commissioner for Ghana is expected to join a team of other UN-appointed election experts from around the world to provide much needed technical support, capacity building and electoral best practice advice to the Election Complaints Commission and the Independent Electoral Commission charged with delivering a peaceful democratic process and credible elections.
She is a lawyer by profession with 25 years of experience. She also holds a Masters in Law (1996) and a Masters in Business Leadership (2008).
Her public sector professional activities have been focused largely on election administration and reforms, civic and voter education, gender and human rights advocacy.
She formerly managed a business law firm for several years. She has held several public sector positions over the course of her career, including Chairperson of the Electoral Commission of Ghana, Vice Chair of the Executive Board for the African Capacity Building Foundation, President of the Association of African Electoral Authorities and Chairperson of the National Commission for Civic Education of Ghana.
Mrs Osei joins Presidential and UN appointees Ahmed Issack Hassan former Chair of the Kenya Electoral Commission, and Ivilina Aleksieva-Robinson of Bulgaria, appointed to the IEC, and Neel Uptrety of Nepal to the ECC.