GHANA’S SUPREME COURT DISMISSES APPLICATION TO STOP PRESIDENT APPOINTING NEW E.C. HEAD
ACCRA– Ghana’s Supreme Court has dismissed an Interlocutory injunction application seeking to stop President Nana Addo-Dankwa Akufo Addo from appointing a new chairperson for the Electoral Commission.
The seven-member panel presided over by Justice Julius Ansah held that Article 2 (2) of the country’s 1992 Constitution expressly provides remedies in an event where the substantive matter succeeds.
The apex court indicated that it would refrain from commenting on the substantive matter since that may prejudice it and it therefore unanimously dismissed the interlocutory injunction and referred the plaintiff to go for the legal Profession Etiquette rules.
The court earlier realised that the writ and the affidavit had been signed by the plaintiff and quizzed the applicant’s lawyer, Chris Akumey, whether his client was a lawyer. It further granted an application for extension of time to enable the Attorney-General to file its statement of case in the substantive matter that sought to invoke the inherent jurisdiction of the court.
Fafali Nyonator, a citizen of Ghana through her counsel, proceeded to the court with an interim injunction application contending that the removal of Charlotte Osei, a former Electoral Commission Chairperson, was unlawful.
The former EC boss was removed following adverse findings against her and her two deputies, Georgina Opoku Amankwah and Amadu Sulley, by the Chief Justice’s Committee. The Plaintiff further held that the Chief Justice Committee which recommended the removal former EC boss infringed on the 1992 Constitution.
She asked the court to stop the President from appointing a new EC Chair pending the final determination of the substantive case. She was also seeking the orders of the court to halt the President from going ahead with the procedures that would confirm Jean Mensa, a former Institute of Economic Affair director, as the new Electoral Commission Chairperson.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK