The Ghana Bar Association(GBA) has urged the Electoral Commission (EC) to ensure that this year’s election goes down as the most credible, free, fair and transparent election to be organised in the country.
“The EC must listen to all shades of opinions and suggestions without being perceived or seen to be charting the course of one group to the detriment of other groups,” the president of the Brong Ahafo Regional Chapter of the Association, Alfred Tuah-Yeboah stated.
He was speaking at a church service held on Sunday to mark this year’s Martyrs Day celebration, in honour of the three murdered judges, namely, Justice Fred Poku Sarkodie, Justice Cecilia Koranteng-Addow and Justice Kwadwo Agyei Agyapong.
Mr Tuah-Yeboah, noted that the frequent resort to the Supreme Court on electoral issues meant the EC was getting certain fundamentals wrong, especially, as it appears it was not giving a hearing to some political parties and groups.
He said, Ghana had held six successful elections under the Fourth Republic and must be spared the ordeal of other nations in Africa, that were involved in electoral violence after their elections.
“Our continent is replete with several examples of the devastating consequences of electoral malpractices. We Ghanaians do not want to join that bandwagon of elections which only make mockery of democracy, which only put the continent into the spotlight for all the bad reasons”, he said.
Mr. Tuah-Yeboah, expressed the hope that the EC would take a cue from its sister commissions elsewhere and learn from their mistakes to avoid plunging the country into chaos.
Tributes were read on behalf of the departed justices.
Present at the church service were Justice Obiri Francis and Justice Amos Buertey of the Kumasi and Sunyani High Courts respectively.
From Daniel Dzirasah, Sunyani