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Kwadwo Afari Gyan

Kwadwo Afari Gyan

Kwadwo Afari Gyan is a prominent Ghanaian academic and electoral expert

1945

Born
18 June 1945

Born

Afari-Gyan was born on 18 June 1945 at Anyimon in the Brong Ahafo Region of Ghana

1992

Career
30 June 1992

Career

Kwadwo Afari Gyan, a former lecturer and professor in Political Science at the University of Ghana, served as the deputy chairman of the Interim National Electoral Commission in 1992, overseeing the transition to civilian rule and ensuring free and fair elections; he subsequently became the first substantive chairman of the newly established Electoral Commission in Ghana, successfully supervising elections in 1992, 1996, 2000, 2004, and 2008, though some elections faced disputes and legal challenges, sparking calls for electoral reforms, and his oversight role was criticized for neglecting grassroots activities, particularly by Justice Jones Dotse of the Supreme Court.

2012

Other activities
30 June 2012

Other activities

In addition to his work in numerous African countries and authorship of several books, Kwadwo Afari Gyan played a significant role as the "star witness" representing the Electoral Commission of Ghana during the electoral petition filed by the New Patriotic Party following the 2012 general election.

2015

Retirement
30 June 2015

Retirement

He retired from his position of Chairman of the Electoral Commission in June 2015

2015

Honours
01 July 2015

Honours

On July 1, 2015, President John Mahama presented Kwadwo Afari Gyan with the highest national honor, the Order of the Star of Ghana.

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