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CJ launches “Manual On Election Adjudication in Ghana”

The Chief Justice, Mrs. Georgina Theodora Wood said disputes remains an inevitable feature of elections regardless of efforts to perfect the electoral processes.

She said the potential of legal disputes arising from elections are real and these should be resolved amicably.
The Chief Justice was speaking in Accra at the launch of the 3rd Edition of “Manual On Election Adjudication in Ghana”.

She noted that the election manual is a comprehensive guide for election disputes resolution in the upcoming election.
According to the Chief Justice, the Judiciary is adequately prepared to meet its constitutional obligations in the upcoming general election.

She said, the Judiciary, as custodians and “guardians of the rule of law”, is ready to “guide the nation to peaceful, orderly and credible election”.

“It is a constitutional responsibility to which, as faithful arbiters, we have pledged our unflinching loyalty, heart, soul and mind. We are assured that this is the only genuine path to a further consolidation of our democracy,’’ she said.

The third edition of the manual on election adjudication was put together by the Judicial Service to provide guidelines on the various laws governing public elections and the legal remedies that can be used to resolve electoral disputes.

Launching the book, Mrs. Justice Wood said the manual was not meant for only judges and lawyers but also the public.

“I encourage all sectors and stakeholders in the electoral process, including the media, to acquaint themselves with the content,’’ she said.

The Chief Justice added that electoral disputes were inevitable and the law courts were expected to amicably resolve those disputes.

She praised the judges who sat on the various suits that arose after the disqualification of some presidential aspirants by the EC.

“They deserve our thanks for the manner in which they averted a possible constitutional crisis in the manner in which they conducted the cases,” she said.

As part of the launch, copies of the book were presented to public institutions, the media and other participants in the event.

The Chairperson of the Electoral Commission (EC), Mrs. Charlotte Osei; the Attorney-General, Mrs. Marietta Brew Appiah-Opong; the British High Commissioner, Jon Benjamin, justices of the superior courts and other dignitaries attended the event.

In her address, Mrs. Appiah-Opong said the Judiciary had, over the years, shown strong commitment and the readiness to perform its role with regard to electoral disputes.

For his part, the British High Commissioner, Jon Benjamin called on politicians and political parties to eschew violence and encourage their supporters to do same.

“All political parties should strongly urge their activists and supporters to refrain from, and, indeed, actively condemn, any violence, incitement or intimidation which only serves to undermine democracy,’’ he said.




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