General News of Friday, 13 September 2013

Source: peacefmonline

Justice Dotse was wrong; Judiciary is not perfect - Lawyer

A legal practitioner and a leading member of the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC), Lawyer John Owusu Agyemang, has disagreed with the written judgment of Justice Dotse about the Electoral Commission’s boss (Dr. Afari-Gyan) after the Supreme Court has dismissed the petitioners’ case.

According to him, the Supreme Court ruling proved evidentially that the Electoral Commissioner, Dr. Afari-Gyan, did nothing wrong in the 2012 election and that the written judgment of Justice Dotse concerning the 2012 election should have been limited to electoral reforms.

Speaking on Hot FM, the former National Executive Council member of the ruling NDC averred that no institution in the world is perfect in its operations including the Supreme Court of Ghana, and so the mistakes which occurred in 2012 election should not be attributed to the integrity of Dr. Afari-Gyan.

“And the court, the Judiciary, is it perfect, I ask Justice Dotse; is the Judiciary perfect; is there any perfect institution anywhere?” He inquired.

He recounted that the elections in Ghana since 1992 have gone through series of reforms after every election to make sure that the mistakes which emanated from elections are corrected; reiterating that “there can never be any perfect electoral reforms in Ghana as we don’t have it anywhere in the world”.

Justice Dotse in his written judgment stated that“ far as I am concerned, Dr Afari-Gyan has cut a very poor figure of himself...the much acclaimed competent election administrator both nationally and internationally has evaporated into thin air once his portfolio has come under the close scrutiny of the court”.