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Mahama’s power to appoint EC boss challenged; SC to decide

"The Supreme Court has been asked to strip President Mahama of authority to initiate "

Source: GHR1/myjoyonline

Posted on : Mon 18 May 2015

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The Supreme Court has been asked to strip President Mahama of authority to initiate the appointment process of new chairman of the Electoral Commission.

A 15-page writ has been filed at the Supreme Court seeking a declaration that will deny President John Mahama the authority to Dr Kwadwo Afari Djan's successor..

The plaintiff in the case, broadcast journalist Richard Sky of Citi FM, argues that it is the Council of State which has the sole authority to initiate the appointment process and suggest a binding list of candidates to the president.

The journalist wants the Supreme Court to “determine true and proper meaning of constitutional provisions” that relates to the process of appointing an Electoral Commissioner.

This follows the vacuum and vacancy set to be left after Dr. Kwadwo Afari-Djan retires as Chairman of the Electoral Commission this June.

The subject of how to appoint his successor has proved controversial in legal circles and in the political discourse.

Political parties have been urging President Mahama to do broad consultations before a decision is taken.

Counsel for the broadcast journalist, Alexander Afenyo Markin explained “it is not a matter of winning but it is a matter that will guide our democracy” when the case finally determined by the highest court of the land.

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