Aside all the talks, criticism and heavy public outrage on the nomination of Madam Jane Mensah from the opposition National Democratic Congress as the Newly Electoral Commission Chairman after the hard to understand dismissal of Madam Charlotte Osei, President Nana Akufo Addo is likely to confirm the appointment soon.
According to the Deputy Attorney General, Godfred Yeboah Dame, the confirmation of Madam Jane is likely to be done in the next 24 hours.
This is after the Supreme Court on Tuesday dismissed a writ for an application seeking an injunction to stop President Akufo Addo from continuing with the process of appointing a new Chairperson of the Electoral Commission.
A private legal person Fafali Nyunator had prayed the apex court to declare that the Chief Justice Sophia Akuffo breached the constitution and exceeded the limits of her powers by defining the scope of the committee of enquiry that probed the petition for the removal of the former Chairperson of the Electoral Commission, Charlotte Osei.
The plaintiff, Fafali Nyonator argued that the President be prevented from continuing with the process of appointing a new EC until an earlier suit challenging the legality of the process used to dismiss Charlotte Osei and her deputies is determined.
However, the seven member panel at the Supreme Court disallowed the injunction application; stating that Article 2 clause 2 of the 1992 Constitution makes available remedies for a reinstatement if the court does find the removal of Charlotte Osei unconstitutional.
-(2) The Supreme Court shall, for the purposes of a declaration under clause (1) of this article, make such orders and give such directions as it may consider appropriate for giving effect, or enabling effect to be given, to the declaration so made.-
Hon. Godfred Yeboah Dame addressing the press after the supreme court ruling stated that, the ruling President Akufo Addo has been cleared to go ahead with his appointment of the new EC chair.
“The way has been paved clear for the appointment of the Electoral Commissioner formally, the swearing in will take place. The President will act in accordance with this ruling which is that there’s no impediment in his way and he can go ahead and appoint. Indeed he’s going to appoint, I’m sure he’s going to appoint within the next 24 hours.” – he said.
Information availabe indicates that, the Council of State has approved Mrs Jean Mensah’s nomination. Mr. Samuel Tettey — Deputy Chairperson, Dr. Eric Asare Bossman — Deputy Chairperson and Ms. Adwoa Asuama Abrefa — Member of the Commission, were also approved by the Council
She replaces Mrs. Charlotte Osei who was removed with her two deputies – Amadu Sulley and Georgina Opoku Amankwah – by the President following recommendations by a committee set up by the Chief Justice to probe a petition against them.
She was ousted after she was found guilty of procurement breaches. Mrs Osei is credited with organizing one of the best general elections held in Ghana.