The chairperson of the Electoral Commission of Ghana, Mrs. Charlotte Osei, has revealed sometimes she regrets accepting the job as the first woman chairperson of the election management body.
Speaking to Starr 103.5 FM’s Morning Starr host Nii Arday Clegg on Monday, Mrs. Osei said although she “can take the stone,” she gets worried about her family who are always bothered about the flak which comes with her office.
“Yes! It’s difficult on some days,” Mrs. Osei confessed.
However, the former boss of the National Commission on Civic Education (NCCE) emphasised she hardly gives up because she believes it was God who placed her there.
“I think whatever or wherever God places you it’s a ministry and because of that even when the job is difficult you remember that it is a ministry,” she stressed; adding, “I get lots of messages of support and prayers from family members.”
According to her, the job is naturally difficult, but her gender compounds it, especially as someone coming from Africa.
“This is not a job that I think is easy anywhere in the world. But I think it is particularly difficult in Ghana and Africa when you are particularly a woman. I can take the stone but I’m worried for my children and on those days you get siblings calling and worrying you. I can take it but for those it is worrying.”
When Nii Arday pushed further whether she would want to throw in the towel, Mrs. Osei opined: “I don’t think that is a choice. It’s a ministry.”
Mrs. Osei is the first woman chairperson of the Electoral Commission and succeeded veteran Dr. Kwadwo Afari Gyan, who retired June 2015 after two decades of serving.