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Petition to the Chief Justice of Ghana


Petition to the Chief Justice of Ghana to immediately halt the parading of people before the panel hearing the presidential petition on grounds that the exercise violates the Constitution and Public Policy

  1. On June 26, 2013, Justice Atuguba, the presiding judge of the 9-member panel used the Court as a vehicle to accuse Samuel Awuku of engaging in an ill- defined, improper conduct. The said conduct appears to be related to comments that Mr. Awuku made on air, during a political discussion. In particular, he is said to have criticized the panel for “being selective and hypocritical,” in citing a Daily Guide reportage of the Court’s proceedings.
  2. Mr. Awuku subsequently appeared before the panel and after a short hearing, in which he apologized for his comments, the panel banned him from making further appearances in the Court. As far as I could tell, Mr. Awuku was not represented by counsel. Nor was he accused of a specific offence (as far as I could tell).
  3. Presumably, Mr. Awuku’s out-of-court statements were contemptuous of the Court’s proceedings. If so, proper proceedings are required to establish his guilt.
  4. But it appeared he had been prejudged guilty and was summoned to appear before the Court to be sentenced.
  5. To date, the specific offence committed by Samuel Awuku remains unknown, although he has been sentenced. It is not enough for the Court to state in some general terms that some remarks are contemptuous. The Court must state in very specific terms how Mr. Awuku’s remarks are contemptuous, including at a minimum, setting boundaries for acceptable remarks, in light of the constitutional value of free speech.
  6. It is also not clear to me that a ban from appearing in the Court is one that is admitted by the sentencing guidelines where the crime is an out-of-court statement. It is important for laws to be properly applied on a rational, predictable basis. And this applies to accusations, trials, and sentencing. Continue reading
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GHANAIAN RESIDENTS IN THE UK PETITION FOR EXPEDITIOUS PROCESS ON THE PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION CHALLENGE AT THE SUPREME COURT OF GHANA


CONCERNED GHANAIANS AGAINST ELECTORAL FRAUD (COGEF) UK

12th April, 2013.

THE HIGH COMMISSIONER

GHANA HIGH COMMISSION

13 BELGRAVE SQUARE

LONDON SW1X 8PS

 

Dear Sir,

GHANAIAN RESIDENTS IN THE UK PETITION FOR EXPEDITIOUS PROCESS ON THE PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION CHALLENGE AT THE SUPREME COURT OF GHANA

Preamble:
We the Ghanaian community in United Kingdom are hereby petitioning your good office to bring to bear your influence on the relevant stakeholders in Ghana, especially the Supreme Court and the government, in relation to December 2012 election dispute petition under consideration at the Supreme Court. The petition has been subjected to numerous deliberate delays by the three respondents, the Electoral Commission, Mr John Dramani Mahama (President declared) and the NDC party, making our Superior Court of Judicature looks tottering and causing undue political tension in the country.

Although a date for the commencement of the substantive trail has now been set for 16th April 2013, the delays in court leading up to this latest stage gives us real cause for concern. It is our fear that the Supreme Court may further entertain deliberate delay tactics from all or any of the Respondents when the case commences in a cynical bid to deny the ultimate winner of the case, Nana Akufo Addo, his just deserts in a timely order. This fear is shared with our fellow party followers in Ghana. This situation, coupled with the current dire socio-economic conditions in Ghana where citizens are going without very basic necessities like water, gas and electricity, is causing unhealthy tension in the country. Consequently, we Ghanaians in the UK are becoming increasingly concerned about the possible direction of the country if nothing is done to arrest things. Continue reading


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