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Charlotte Osei in Liberia to help clean-up voters’ register

Charlotte Osei is leading an ECOWAS team of IT experts to clean-up Liberia's voters' register ahead of senatorial elections on 8 December

Charlotte Osei, a former Chair of the Electoral Commission of Ghana, is in Liberia to lead the ECOWAS team of Information Technology experts to help clean-up the voters’ register of the West African nation.

Reports suggest the controversial voters’ 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 was deployed following the request of President George Weah ahead of the senatorial elections, constitutional referendum and by-elections scheduled for 8 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 22 October 2020 and has been working with the NEC Data Centre, as well as, the UNDP Consultants attached to the centre.

Osei, who arrived in Liberia’s capital, Monrovia on Sunday (15 November ) has over 25 years’ experience in both private and public sectors and has held various leadership positions.

About Charlotte Osei

Osei supervised the 2016 presidential and parliamentary elections in Ghana until her removal in June 2018. She was the first female chair of the electoral management body. Prior to that she was also the first female chair 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 organisations, faith-based organisations among others.

She was also a UN international non-voting Commissioner at the Electoral Complaints Commission in Afghanistan.

Fred Dzakpata

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