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General News of Tuesday, 3 March 2015


Appoint a former judge as new Electoral Commissioner – Lecturer

A Senior Law Lecturer at the Ghana Law School, Lawyer Opoku Agyemang has advocated the appointment of a former High court judge or persons with legal backgrounds to replace Electoral Commissioner, Afari Gyan.

A person with knowledge of the law, he said, would easily understand the various legal processes and procedures that go with the work of the Electoral Commission (EC).

“I will suggest that Ghana goes with the practice in elsewhere where normally judges or persons with legal backgrounds normally occupy positions of Electoral Commissioner…,” he said.

This suggestion, he told Afia Pokua on Burning Issues on Adom fm, is borne out of the fact that the EC has lots of legal interpretations bordering its work.

A seven-member panel of Supreme Court Judges, last week, ruled to halt the District level election which was scheduled to take place today.

This was after a fisherman; Eyi Mensah, sued the EC at the court for interpretation of CI 85 which borders on the organization of local level elections.

The court ruled that the commission goes back and begin the entire process, including opening of nominations.

The EC in a statement issued after a meeting yesterday, stated that it would send to parliament for maturity, a new CI to cover the organization of the election.

“In view of the Supreme Court ruling ordering that the District Level Election processes should be conducted afresh, we wish to inform the general public that in total compliance with the said ruling the Electoral Commission will prepare a new legislation to be passed by Parliament before fresh nominations are taken for the elections…,” a release from the EC read.

But this release, the Law Lecturer described as ‘bogus release’ insisting that the EC has no choice than to comply with the directions of the Supreme Court.

“Does it lie within their power or within their mouth to say they won't comply? This is bogus press release. It’s like a prisoner agreeing to go to prison after being convicted by a court…,” he said.