The Chairperson of Ghana’s Electoral Commission (EC), MS. Jean Adukwei Mensa and her two deputies, Dr. Eric Bossman Asare and Mr. Samuel Tettey have run to the Supreme Court to file a law suit in order to prevent their impeachment proceedings.
This comes after “Fix The Country” convener, Oliver Barker-Vormawor together with 45 others had petitioned the Presidency demanding the removal of the Chairperson of the Electoral Commission and her two deputies for their failure to organise parliamentary elections for residents of Santrokofi, Akpafu, Lolobi and Likpe (SALL).
Oliver Barker-Vormawor, the Chief Justice and Attorney General are the first, second and third defendants respectively in the EC officials’ law suit.
On January 10, 2022, Mr. Barker-Vormawor shared a press statement on his Facebook timeline, indicating that they have petitioned the Presidency to remove the Chairperson of the EC and her two deputies.
However, the Chairperson of the EC and her two deputies have filed a suit at the Supreme Court in an attempt to get the Court to rule that the alleged publication precludes the Chief Justice from dealing with the petition.
According to the EC Chairperson and her two deputies, the publication of contents of the petition seeking their removal in the media is contrary to Article 146(8) of Ghana’s 1992 constitution.
Below are the reliefs sought by the EC Chairperson and her two deputies;
- A declaration that upon a true and proper interpretation of article 146(8)of the Constitution 1992, 1st defendant’s publication in the media (traditional and social) of the contents of Petitioners’ Petition to His Excellency, The President of the Republic., for the removal of 1st, 2nd & 3rd plaintiffs from office for stated misbehaviour and incompetence sins against article 146(8) of the Constitution 1992, and to that extent unconstitutional.
- A declaration that upon a true and proper interpretation of article 146(8) of the Constitution 1992, 2nd defendant is precluded from establishing a prima facie case or otherwise arising out of the contents of the said Petition lodged by the Petitioners.
- A declaration that the airing of the contents of the Petition by 1 defendant to the media (traditional and social) has subjected 1st, 2nd& 3rd plaintiffs to public ridicule, hatred, odium and opprobrium and equally exposed them to unfair prejudice.
- An order of perpetual injunction directed against 2nd defendant 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.
- Any further orders and/or directions as this Honourable Court may deem fit to give effect or enable effect to be given to the orders of this court.