A private legal practitioner, Ayamga Yakubu Akolgo, has filed a motion to stop Chief Justice Sophia Akuffo from proceeding with investigations into the petition against the Chairperson of the Electoral Commission (EC), Charlotte Osei.
In his writ filed, Akolgo argues that the lawcourt is “duty bound to preemptively intervene to protect the independence of the Electoral Commission and to maintain the Commission as the foundation of our democracy, good governance and multiparty democracy”.
He feels it is needless for the Chief Justice to constitute a committee to investigate the matter if a Prima Facie case is established, rather, the Supreme Court should handle that.
“Firstly, the grounds on which the petitioners wanted the removal of the EC Chair, Charlotte Osei are inconsistent with the constitution and therefore the petition should be declared unconstitutional, null and void, secondly, the petition can be dealt with by law enforcement agencies hence the referral to the Chief Justice is practically unnecessary.
“Lastly, a full bench of the Supreme court is better placed to sit on the petition and not the five-member committee expected by the Chief Justice if a prima facie case is established,” part of the petition read.
A petition seeking the removal of Mrs. Osei by unknown staff of the election management body is currently being examined by the Chief Justice.
Some staff of the EC petitioned Mr Akufo-Addo to remove Mrs Osei from office over allegations of fraud and financial malfeasance, which was in turn referred to the Chief Justice for a further investigations to be carried into the matter.
But Mrs. Osei in a rebuttal said the allegations leveled against her are bogus, adding these are machinations by unscrupulous persons to give her a bad name, because she’s fighting internal graft.
Already she has sued the lawyer representing the faceless petitioners, Maxwell Opoku-Agyemang, for defamation.