The CONWOG has learnt with much disdain the dismissal of Mad. Charlotte Osei and her two deputies one of whom is also a woman from the top echelons of the Electoral Commission of Ghana by the President of the land His Excellency Nana Addo Danquah Akuffo Addo on Thursday June 28, 2018. This act purportedly followed the recommendations of a committee by which some of the committee members were faceless that was established by the Chief Justice who incidentally also happens to be a woman; Her Ladyship Sophia Akuffo which probed allegations levelled against the top E.C. Officials.
It is heart wrenching to note that Ghana has become a nation where women are only appointed by political leaders into offices as a cosmetic display to achieve cheap political point and are quickly booted out at their convenience. These male appointing political leaders behave as if women are expected to give an above hundred percent performance in their respective roles before they can be deemed fit to continue occupying their offices.
The above is evidenced on the fact that we have had men in political office who have engaged in epic scandalous activities and their competence, moral and ethical worth had been called to question but such individuals have either been exonerated by one committee or another even when the writings on the wall were as clear as daylight. In other instances, such scandals were only swept under carpet by their appointing authorities.
Same cannot be said of our female colleagues in political offices. Cases that readily come to mind include those of Hon. Dzifa Ativor, former Minister of Transport under the John Mahama administration, Former Deputy Minister of Communications, Hon. Victoria Hamah, Mrs. Betty Maud Iddrisu, former Attorney General and Minister of Justice and later, Minister of Education who were either forced to resign or dismissed from office for one reason or another and quite recently Dr. Louise Carol Serwaa Donkor, a Presidential staffer at the Flagstaff House who was suspended for 30 days by the Presidency for being honest.
In the case of Mad. Charlotte Osei, rumours from the grape vine indicates that the President intends appointing a female replacement which we hope will see the light of day since there are a thousand and one females in this country who are competent enough to occupy this all important office and perform creditably. This will also go a long way to bridge the gender disparity gap between men and women holding public offices. Women should not only be seen as puppets that should be put in positions to do the bidding of men and when that is not done, kicked out of office at the pleasure of men. In any case, our 1992 constitution calls for equality regardless of gender, race or religious affiliation just to mention a few.
1. We demand that the nation political leaders should put an end to the discriminatory treatment against female appointees when it comes to alleged scandals involving them
2.  We again call for leaders to give equal opportunities to women as given to men so as to bridge the gender disparity cap between men and women. We demand that in the appointment of the Commissioners of the Electoral Commission, two of them should be Women or all.
3. We are of the view that women should not only be seen as puppets that should be put in positions to do the bidding of men and when that is not done, kicked out of office at the pleasure of men.
We reiterated our firm resolution as a coalition and call on the President H.E Nana Addo Danquah Akuffo Addo, to strictly apply the 1992 constitution that calls for equality regardless of gender, race or religious affiliation and ensure women are not relegated to background against natural justice when it comes to appointments.
Acting Chairperson
National Women’s Organizer
Peoples’ National Convention (PNC)
Mrs. Peace Adjo Aryee
National Women’s Organizer
National Democratic Party (NDP)
Tel: 05411008291/0240612665
Mrs. Aisha Sulley Futa
National Women’s Organizer
Convention Peoples Party (CPP)
Tel: 0243021303/0200492987
Mrs. Vivian Tetteh
National Women’s Organizer
Progressive People’s Party (PPP)
Tel: 0203811088
Hajia Zenabu Mahama
National Women’s Organizer
National Democratic Congress (NDC)
Tel: 0204675763
 Joyce Zampare
New Patriotic Party (NPP)
Tel: 0264232543
Source: www.abusuafmonline.com/Ghana

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