Government Director for Alliance for Social Equity and Community Accountability (ASEPA), Mensah Thompson
The Alliance for Social Equity and Community Accountability (ASEPA) says there has been a travesty of justice after the President dismissed their petition to impeach Madam Jean Mensa as the Chairperson of the Electoral Fee (EC).
Talking on Newsnight on Joy FM, the Government Director, Mensa Thompson, stated because of system was not adopted to have their petition and grievances read prior to President Akufo-Addo’s decision was designed.
“We submitted the petition with the Presidency and the make a difference is meant to be referred to the Main Justice. For the previous two months we never read it was referred to the Main Justice,” he said.
Mr Thompson added that the Chief Justice upon acquiring the petition is obliged by the constitution to established up a committee to investigate the difficulty adding that the petitioners really should be known as before the committee.
He mentioned that ASEPA had composed to the Chief Justice to locate out if the petition was indeed referred to them but only been given an affirmative response on August 13.
However, ASEPA has not been given any formal letter from the Presidency as a response to their petition right after examining the Chief Justice’s report, he added.
Mr Thompson said the assume tank was only notified of the President’s choice on Facebook by the Director of Communication at the Presidency, Eugene Arhin.
“The concern we are inquiring is Facebook now the official medium exactly where the Presidency responds to petitions or formal files that have been sent to it? I think Eugene Arhin the director of communication has not revered the people of this place,” he additional.
In June, ASEPA secured a declaration from the Fee on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ) that Mrs Mensa unsuccessful to declare her assets on assumption of workplace in 2018.
On this foundation the governance assume tank petitioned President Akufo-Addo to get rid of Jean Mensa as Electoral Commission Chair.
The team insisted that violation of the asset declaration clauses in Short article 286 of the 1992 structure constitutes mentioned misbehavior which is grounds for elimination of the referee for Ghana’s elections.
President Akufo-Addo on August 13 has dismissed the petition indicating that the Main Justice did not establish any prima facae in opposition to the head of the country’s elections administration physique.
“The Main Justice did not come across any statute that criminalises the non-declaration of assets within just the stipulated time in the Constitution,” study the assertion unveiled by the Presidency.
However, Mr Thompson mentioned that the Chief Justice does not have the moral and legal ability make the pronouncement he did in his response to the President on the petition with out a committee hearing.
Meanwhile, Lawyer Samson Lardy Anyenini suggests since there was no prima facia scenario built by the Chief Justice versus the EC, a committee simply cannot be established up.
He stated that if the prima facae experienced been made, the legislation presents the go in advance for a five member committe built up of the a few justices of the exceptional court docket and two appointed by the Main Justice.
“Once the chief justice has taken your petition and manufactured a willpower that there is no prima facia case it means a committee can’t be established up.”