The Institute for Democratic Governance (IDEG) has said it is optimistic Ghana’s judiciary can expedite action on the various election-related lawsuits to ensure the country holds its general elections in December as expected.
The Executive Director of IDEG, Dr Emmanuel Akwetey in an interview on the Citi Breakfast Show on Tuesday [October 25] said the judiciary is up to the task and able to deliver on their mandate with the various measures it has adopted to fast-track the court processes.[contextly_sidebar id=”wN3udx6Aj61IMiIyRB5bJp9f7hSeY4FX”]
“They [judiciary] look quite organized, focused and determined to do that in the national interest. They don’t talk in partisan interest, they talk in terms of what is good for the nation. They don’t want crisis so the Chief Justice has set up 17 courts and have assigned that they will work 6 days a week and things will be done expeditiously,” he said.
Mr Akwetey noted that while the court processes are important, the December 7 election date must not be tampered with.
“We shouldn’t push things to having to amend the constitution or do anything to allow that extra space,” he cautioned.
The Chief Justice, Georgina Theodora Wood at the ninth annual Chief Justice forum held in Accra on Monday said the Judiciary is committed to ensuring Ghana’s election calendar is not disrupted in anyway by the numerous election cases in court.
According to her, judges designated to sit on such cases have been instructed to deal with them expeditiously.
“At a time the high court rules have been amended to provide for witness statements, I am confident that the maximum professional diligence would be deployed by all judges in adjudicating the multiple suits being filed ahead of December 7, 2016. Our planned programmes clearly demonstrate our commitment over the period and pledge to Ghanaians to play a pivotal role towards the peace, stability and sustained social economic and political development of our country,” she said.
‘EC saddled with numerous lawsuits’
The Electoral Commission has been inundated with a lot of lawsuits from some political parties and individuals challenging some decisions of the electoral body.
The cases have raised concerns of a possible disruption in the electoral calendar.
The cases being heard included those seeking the reinstatement of some disqualified aspirants in the upcoming presidential elections and those seeking an order to compel the EC to announce results of special voting on the same day it is held.
By: Jonas Nyabor/citifmonline.com/Ghana