We wish we were not commenting about Charlotte Osei, at least for the next dozen or so editions. We have been constrained to editorialise on her for the umpteenth time since she took office as Chairperson of the Electoral Commission (EC) a few months ago all for the wrong reasons.
But her growing notoriety for making politically foolish remarks is earning for her the tag of the most negative headline-grabbing head of the EC since its creation. Being the first female to head the Commission makes it even more worrying.
She is not only spewing potentially dangerous remarks, she has suddenly become paranoid, relishing police protection on a scale never seen at the EC.
Managing the EC is not about rhetoric, especially bad-mouthed ones which seek to deepen the bond between her and those she is obsessed with pleasing.
Nobody is interested in stampeding her. All Ghanaians want is for her to be transparent and honest—in fact, God-fearing—in her assignments, lest she incurs the wrath of her Maker.
We have noted her latest string of foul remarks which not only underline her immaturity at dealing with the EC’s publics, but expose her romance with a section of the political industry.
The outrageous 200,000 extra number on the Ashanti Region voter register, which she gleefully put out when she made her theatrical show at Joy FM, was an apogee of her immaturity.
In a polarised country such as ours, personalities holding positions of leadership in a state institution like the EC must be measured in their public utterances.
If she has not regretted the Ashanti Region nonsense, she must be of a breed unlike the normal. Even more intriguing is the fact that earlier the figure of bloated voters, which was put at some 150,000 countrywide, is now competing for veracity with her 200,000 for Ashanti Region alone.
Why didn’t she give a picture of the other regions but chose, as it were, only one region to premise her unsound conclusion?
It is unfortunate that rather than work towards ensuring peaceful elections in the country, she is serving an impetus to further polarise it in a combustible direction.
Charlotte’s political immaturity is now inching towards a dangerous notch. All stakeholders must add their voices to halt the inappropriate decline.
She has reportedly regretted accepting the appointment: we do not want to believe the remorse is what is driving her to conduct herself the way she is.
It is interesting observation that she has girded her loin for a battle with one of the political parties and by extension, half of the electorate in the country – a feud in which she would be the loser.
She has a fine opportunity to prove her mettle if she deems it important; the choice is of course hers. Going down in the annals of elections as the worst chairperson will come at a cost. Let’s beware.