The Ghana Bar Association (GBA) has called on the leadership of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) in Parliament to reconsider its decision to boycott the vetting of nominees of the president.
This was contained in a statement signed by Nene Amegatcher, President and Justin Agbeli Amenuvor, Secretary, and copied to the Ghana News Agency on Wednesday.
It said the GBA would like to draw the attention of the NPP leadership in Parliament to the 1992 Constitution, which has made provision for the challenge of the election of a President in Article 64.
The statement said some individuals in the NPP have already taken advantage of that constitutional provision.
It said the Constitution further states in Article 64(2) that a declaration by the Supreme Court that the election of a President is not valid shall be without prejudice to anything done by the person elected as President before that declaration by the Supreme Court.
“Therefore, since the Constitution recognizes the legitimacy of Mr John Dramani Mahama as President pending any decision of the Supreme Court to the Contrary and also recognizes the right of challenge the election of the President, the GBA in consideration of our collective commitment to constitutional rule hereby calls on the NPP leadership in Parliament to review its decision and to participate in the vetting of the President’s ministerial nominees,” the statement added.