The Chairperson of the Electoral Commission (EC) of Ghana, Mrs. Charlotte Osei has said that in spite of challenges she faced in her career, she believes its a special privilege to serve her country.
According to her, the values of truth, integrity, honesty and fairness, which her parents instilled in her from childhood kept her focused on delivering on her promise to Ghanaians.
“In spite of all the challenges, obstacles, attacks and hurdles I have faced in my 6-year journey in public service, I still truly believe that it is a great honour and a privilege to serve one’s country. And it is a special privilege to serve in the capacity of the Chair of the Electoral Commission.
“I truly am grateful for the honour and the privilege and I thank all of you who have been a part of my journey…in those trying moments, the values of truth, integrity, honesty, and fairness, which my parents instilled in me from my childhood kept me focused on delivering on my promise to the people of Ghana,’ she said.
The EC Boss disclosed that she lost many acquaintances when the burden of leadership was having a toll on her adding that many provocations kept her steady.
“I lost a lot of acquaintances, but I gained a lot of true friends. And for that, I recognise that I am a very blessed person. I just want to take a minute to thank them: my husband, my children, my dad, my siblings and my very, few and supportive special friends: their unwavering love and support – bearing the brunt of falsehoods and insults, and many provocations – has kept me steady and given me the strength to go on,’ she added.
Speaking after receiving the US government’s Woman Of Courage award for 2017 at the US Embassy in Accra, she admitted that it was a herculean task carrying the entire peace and stability of Ghana on her shoulders thanking her family, friends and associates for being supportive.
“There were many days in the last two years when I felt very heavily, the burden of leadership. The weight of, as it seemed, carrying the entire peace and stability of the nation on my shoulders. But through it all, I could always count on the love and support of my husband, my children and my friends,’ she expressed appreciation.