The year 2020 will go down into Ghana’s history as one of the keenly contested General Elections ever. From Presidential to the Parliamentary results, there were many calls in different directions just to suit whoever is making that call.
Mrs. Jean Adukwei Mensa was the woman at the center of it all. Her work as the Chairperson of the Electoral Commission received lots of criticisms especially from the opposition but through it all, the Supreme Court of Ghana verified her for the success of her work during a period mixed with a worldwide pandemic.
We celebrate her for her hard work especially at a time where the world is going through a state of uncertainties. Obaa Mo…Akwaaba Woman of Excellence 2020.
Mrs. Jean Adukwei Mensa is a Ghanaian lawyer born in Accra and the current Chairperson of the Electoral Commission of Ghana.
Prior to assuming the role of Chairperson of the Electoral Commission, Jean Mensa spent an 18 year career at the Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA).
There she rose to the position of Executive Director and playing a pivotal role in strengthening Ghana’s democracy and promoting strong institutions.
Jean Mensa received her secondary education at the St. Mary’s Senior High School.
She studied at the University of Ghana, Faculty of Law and received her degree in 1993.
She was called to the Bar in 1996.
Jean Mensa also received an executive education from the Harvard Business School (2018).
Jean Adukwei Mensa was appointed as the Chairperson of the Electoral Commission of Ghana on 23 July 2018, after her predecessor was removed from office.
For two decades, Mrs. Mensa has been a leader in policy research and advocacy.
Shehas been involved in the development of policies such as the Presidential Transition Act of 2012, the Revised 1992 Constitution of Ghana (draft), the Political Parties Funding Bill, and the Revised Political Parties Bill.
Herspecialization has been developing and implementing policy alternatives that reflect international best practice but are also tailored to Ghana’s needs.
This is her first ever significant public sector appointment.
Jean was sworn in by the President of Ghana, Akufo-Addo.
The swearing came in after a citizen of Ghana by the name, Fafali Nyonatorto sought to halt the President from going through with the process of appointing a new Electoral Commission chair.
The citizen challenged the removal of the former Electoral Commission to enable the court to hear her substantive case.
The President claimed the removal of the former Chairperson of the Electoral Commission Charlotte Osei from her office was carried on with no malice.
The president said it was expected of him to discharge the constitutional mandate.
Mrs. Mensa’s long record of promoting national unity and cohesion include facilitating the IEA’s Evening Encounter Series, Ghana’s Presidential and Vice-Presidential Debates, as well as Town Hall Meetings for parliamentary candidates.
These events not only bolstered accountability and transparency of the political process but also allowed an interface between Candidates and their constituents.
Prior to working at the IEA, Mrs Mensa also worked at Amarkai Amarteifio Chambers (1995-1997) and BJ Da Rocha Chambers as a Junior Lawyer (1998).
Mensa has been ranked by the African Network of Entrepreneurs (TANOE) as one of the Top 60 outstanding, inspiring and hardworking corporate women leaders in Ghana (2017).
She has won several awards including the Excellent Leadership Award by the EXLA Group (2013) and the Young Professional Role Model in Governance Award presented by the Young Professionals and Youth Coalition Initiative (2014).