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Charlotte Osei Bio, Biography, Age, Parents, Husband, Education, Award and Corruption Allegations

Charlotte Kesson-Smith Osei Bio, Biography

Charlotte Kesson-Smith Osei was born on 1 February 1969. She is a former Chairperson of the Electoral Commission of Ghana. She became the first female to serve in this office since the independence of Ghana. Before her appointment, she was the chairperson of the National Commission for Civic Education. Charlotte ceased occupying the office on Electoral commission on June, 2018 after the Chief Justice’s, Justice Sophia Akuffo, Committee report that recommended that the Chairperson of the Electoral Commission, Mrs. Charlotte Osei and her two deputies, Amadu Sulley and Georgina Opoku Amankwaa be removed from office due to breach of procurement laws in the wake of the 2016 General Election.
Renowned for Former Chairperson of the Electoral Commission of Ghana

Charlotte Osei Parents

Agya Kojo Kesson
Age | DOB She was born 1 February 1969 (age 49 years old as of 2018)
Nationality Ghanaian
Husband Mr. Osei m?-to date

Charlotte Osei Early life and education

Osei was born in Axim, Ghana. Her mother is of [mixed West African nationality and her father is Ghanaian.
Osei had her secondary education at the Ghana National College in Cape Coast. She went ahead to the University of Ghana where she obtained her LLB in 1992 and Ghana School of Law where she obtained and called to the bar in 1994. She also holds Master of Business Leadership (MBL) from the University of South Africa, Pretoria (2006), Master of Laws, (LLM), from Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada.

Charlotte Osei Corruption and Allegations

On June 28, 2018, Osei was sacked from the position of removed from the position Chairperson of the Electoral Commission of Ghana. following a committee set up by the Chief Justice, Justice Sophia Akuffo to investigate complaints and corruption allegations leveled against her. The committee was set up based on the provision stipulated under Article 146(4) of the Ghanaian constitution, the recommendations of the committee required Osei to be stepping down due to misuse of public office according to Article 146(1) of the constitution. The president of Ghana, Nana Akufo-Addo by the powers given to him and provisions of Article 156(9) of the Ghanaian constitution directed her immediate removal from office. The immediate past Chair of the Electoral Commission breached procurement laws in awarding several contracts, before 2016 Ghana elections, a report by the committee that investigated her indicated.

Charlotte Osei Career Summary

  • 2011 – 2018 Chairperson, National Commission for Civic Education
    Providing education to Ghanaians on their civic rights and responsibilities, voter education and knowledge of Ghana’s Constitution to strengthen Ghana’s democracy.
  • 2005 – 2011 Founder and Lead Counsel, Prime Attorneys (Business Lawyers)
  • 2002 – 2005 General Counsel & Company Secretary, Unibank (Ghana) Limited, Accra
  • 1997 – 2002 Senior Legal Officer, Ghana Commercial Bank Ltd
  • 1997 – 2003 Lecturer (Part-time) [Commercial Law, Company Law, Law of Contracts] Faculty of Law, University of Ghana.
  • 1994 – 1997 Associate Barrister and Solicitor, Laryea, Laryea & Company, Accra
  • 1994 – 1995 Teaching Assistant, Faculty of Law, University of Ghana, Legon

Director / Board-level Experience

  • 2014 – Present Member, Advisory Board, Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection
  • 2012 – Present Vice Chair, African Capacity Building Foundation, Harare, Zimbabwe
  • 2012 – Present Member, Board of Governors, Dominion University College, Accra
  • 2009 – Present Non-Executive Director, Ghana Reinsurance Company Ltd
  • 2009 – 2012 Non-Executive Director, Ghana Commercial Bank Ltd

    Charlotte Osei Education and Qualifications

  • Masters (MBL) Business Leadership, University of South Africa, Pretoria (2006)
  • Masters (LLM) Law, Queen’s University, Kingston, Canada (1996)
  • Qualifying Certificate Law, Practicing Certificate to work as a Barrister & Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Ghana, Ghana School of Law, Accra, Ghana (1994)
  • LLB (Hons) Law, University of Ghana, Legon, Ghana (1992) (Second Class Upper Division)

    Charlotte Osei Awards

    1996 Faculty of Law, Queen’s University, Canada

    E.S. Aidoo/Ghana School of Law, Best Student in Conveyancing & Drafting

    1994 F.K. Apaloo/Ghana School of Law, Best Student in Company Law & Practice

    1992 Ghana Bar Association, Excellence, LLB Final Examinations, University of Ghana

    1991 Volta Hall Award, Best Arts Results, First University Examinations, University of Ghana

    Professional Development/ Certificates

    Notary Public, Republic of Ghana (2010)

    Structuring & Negotiating Legal Agreements for PPP Projects:

    Concession Law, Procurement and Contracts, Institute for Public-Private Partnerships, Arlington, VA, USA (2009)

    PPP Skills & Competency Development, Institute for Public-Private Partnerships, Arlington, VA, USA (2009)

    Basic & Advanced Securities, Securities Selling & Investment Advice, Ghana Stock Exchange, Accra (1997)

    Charlotte Osei Publications

    • “Challenges Facing Ghanaian Youth” Paper presented at the 61st Annual New Year School, University of Ghana. January 2010

    • “Governance in the Past Fifty Years & Challenges for the Future: Examining The Relevance of Ghana’s Educational Policies” Paper presented at the 58th Annual New Year School, University of Ghana. January 2007

    • “An Assessment of the National Labour Commission of Ghana” 2006. Unpublished dissertation submitted to the University of South Africa

    • “Citizenship, Customary Law and a Gendered Jurisprudence: A Socio-Legal Perspective.” C. Kesson-Smith and W. Tettey (2001. Wisdom Tettey et al. Critical Perspectives on Politics and Socio-Economic Development in Ghana, Leiden, Brill Publishers)

    • “Remedies for International Sellers of Goods in Ghana” (1998: Centre for International Legal Studies: Release 3 July, 1998 on “Remedies for International Sellers of Goods”)

    • “Reclaiming Ourselves’” Re-examining the Status of Ghanaian Women Under Customary Law.” 1996. Unpublished dissertation submitted to Queen’s University, Canada

    • “Property Rights of Widows in Ghana- An Assessment of the Intestate Succession Law, PNDCL 111


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