All justices of Supreme Court should hear NPP Election Petition, FGJ proposes

The Forum for Governance and Justice (FGJ) wishes to commend the Supreme Court of Ghana for dealing swiftly with the application by the National Democratic Congress (NDC) to join the petition brought forward by Nana Akufo-Addo and co.

Indeed, the people, from whom justice emanates and is administered in the name of the Republic by the Judiciary, now anxiously expect hearing on the substantive petition to start on January 29, 2013.

As we commend the highest court of the land, we wish to humbly suggest to the Chief Justice, to consider empanelling all the Justices of the Supreme Court to sit on substantive case.

Clearly, if the Chief Justice saw the need to empanel a nine-member bench to hear and decide NDC’s application to be joined in the petition by the New Patriotic Party (NPP), then it is not unreasonable to make this request, given the nature of the case at hand and its likely implications for our nation.

Our suggestion is also informed by the fact since 1992, two main political parties have ruled Ghana, the NDC and the NPP. Equally, it is true that all the Justices of the Supreme Court appointed since the coming into effect of the 1992 constitution were appointed by a leader elected on the ticket of one of the two parties now in court over the 2012 presidential poll.

We sincerely believe that the nature of this case requires a concerted effort to avoid needless and baseless speculations about loyalties and/or lack thereof, the reasons why the FGJ believes that all the Justices of the Court should be empanelled. If nine sat on an application for a joinder, then asking the full house to sit on the substantive case that has consequences for our democracy is not out of place in the national interest.

From: Dr Clement Apaak, Convener (FJG)