EC boss, 2 Deputies sue Attorney General, CJ, another

The Chairperson of the Electoral Commission (EC), Mrs Jean Adukwei Mensa, and two deputies of the EC, have filed a suit at the Supreme Court (SC) to restrain the Chief Justice (CJ), Justice Kwasi Anin Yeboah, from dealing with the petition seeking their removal from office.

Joined to the suit as defendants, are the Attorney-General and Minister of Justice, Mr Godfred Dame Yeboah, and Mr Oliver Barker-Vormawor.

Mr Barker-Vormawor and forty-five others petitioned President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to remove Mrs Mensa, Dr Bossman Eric Asare and Mr Samuel Tettey on grounds of stated misbehavior and incompetence.

They had petitioned the President in respect of electorates from Santrokofi, Akpafu, Lolobi and Likpe who could not vote in the 2020 Parliamentary election.

But in the writ invoking the original jurisdiction of the court, counsel for the plaintiffs, Mr Justin Amenuvor asked the court to declare that upon a true and proper interpretation of Article 146(8) of the Constitution 1992, the Chief Justice’s
publication in the media (traditional and social) of the contents
of petitioners’ petition to President Akufo-Addo for the removal of the EC officials from office for stated misbehaviour and incompetence sins against article
146(8) of the Constitution 1992.

They want the court to hold that upon a true and proper interpretation of
Article 146(8) of the Constitution 1992, the Chief Justice is precluded from establishing a prima facie case or otherwise arising out of the contents of the said petition lodged by the petitioners.

The plaintiffs urged the court to declare that the airing of the contents of the petition by Mr Barker-Vormawor to the media (traditional and social) has
Subjected the EC officials to public ridicule, hatred, odium and opprobrium and equally exposed them to unfair prejudice.

They asked the apex court for an order of perpetual injunction directed against the Chief Justice from determining, dealing, or having anything to do in any
manner whatsoever and/or howsoever, with any issues arising out of the contents of petitioners petition or at all.

The plaintiffs said they sued the defendants in their capacity as citizens of Ghana seeking the interpretation and/or enforcement of the provisions of the Constitution and their rights under Articles 2(1)b) and 146(8).

BY MALIK SULLEMANA

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