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NDC – EC Case – Imani Ghana Intervenes With The Courts

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Imani and other two institutions CSO and ASEPA are to file an amicus Curiae in the wake of the Electoral Commission’s decision to put together the new voters’ register using only either the Ghanaian passport of the National ID Card.

Amicus Curiae is an unbiased advisor to a court of law in a particular case.

This the president of Imani, Franklin Cudjoe said albeit, amicus curiae was not popular with our judiciary system, it has still become necessary to go ahead with it though the court might not listen to them.

Below is a detailed statement by the Francis Cudjoe to that effect:


Find below the full statement:

Franklyn Cudjoe writes

Taking a Stand on Voter Identification

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Friends, when it became apparent that the Electoral Commission will not shift in its stance against the use of identification documents that have for three decades been used for voter registration purposes by citizens of Ghana, interested parties headed to Court.

IMANI is not one of the civil society organizations in Ghana noted for its extensive litigation history. As a primary public education think tank we tend to play in the public arena. The last time we went to court to press advocacy on an issue, we found the costs of hiring experts in the narrow area of telecom revenue assurance to testify exorbitant. In the end, we opted to negotiate instead.

So when the court cases against the EC’s actions started, we were left on the sidelines, despite our forceful advocacy on the issues to date. Once we started speaking about the matters in the media, well-meaning friends called to advise caution, about something called “contempt of court”.

So, after careful deliberation, we have decided to take a middle of the road strategy for now. We won’t file suit ourselves but we won’t stop talking either. The only safe and sensible way to walk that tightrope is what we, together with other activist CSOs, did this afternoon: file an an application for leave to submit an Amicus brief in the consolidated cases regarding the EC’s conduct currently before the Supreme Court. In due course, we hope to make it available to the public. Some of the legal experts we contacted were of the opinion that Amicus briefs are yet to find serious standing in the Ghanaian courts and thus it is unlikely we would be entertained. Others said that we need only look at Ransford-France and the 2013 petition case; amicus briefs are fine if they land on the good side of their Lordships. We thank all of these experts very much. Your patriotism is why Ghana keeps plodding on despite all the challenges.

Whether or not we shall find favour with the Lords and Ladies of the Bench is, of course, outside our control. But we had to stand up and be counted.

We have done our part. What are you going to do today to stand up for what you believe in?

On behalf of ILAPI, ASEPA, the Conservative Policy Center, and our own IMANI, I wish to say that our deepest gratitude goes to the valiant and brilliant lawyers at 1st Law, led by the redoubtable Joe Debrah, for agreeing to represent us, prepare the

brief and file all necessary processes within such a tight timeline. May God bless them all generously.

Calogerus Ebenezer Tackie Teflondon Peter Bismark Kwaku Azar Kofi Bentil Selorm Branttie Umaru Sanda Amadu Evans Mensah Justice Adoboe Araba Koomson

National House of Chiefs, CSOs, election observer groups including CODEO, Ghana’s former Presidents, IDEG,Center for Democratic Governance, CDD and the Institute for Democratic Development, are some of the institutions who openly opined against EC’s rigid decision to use only the National ID and the Ghanaian passport for the registration exercise.

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You Can Run But You Cannot Hide – COP Kofi Boakye Warns Jamestown Bullion Van Robbers

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Head of Legal and Prosecutions at the Ghana Police Service headquarters Nathan Kofi Boakye, a Commissioner of Police (COP), has warned perpetrators of last Monday’s robbery at Adedenkpo near Jamestown that their time will be up “very very very soon”.

“I want to emphasise to the nation that very, very, very soon all those involved in this bullion robbery and especially those who committed it, they will be arrested very soon,” the former Ashanti Regional Police Commander stated.

“They can run and run and run but they cannot hide.”

COP Kofi Boakye gave this assurance on Friday, June 18 when 320 new recruits of the Service passed out in the Ashanti Region at the Regional Police Training School in Kumasi.

He said the Inspector General of Police (IGP), James Oppong-Boanuh, has put in “innovative” strategies to help combat the menace that currently confronts the nation.

He also called on the new recruits to start nosing around for information that will help in arresting Monday’s criminals.

“It is incumbent on all of us including you – the new recruits – to help us achieve this objective, starting from now and you have a duty of arresting these criminals who killed one of us.

“This is non-negotiable and we cannot compromise on the need to arrest these criminals.”

Monday’s attack on a bullion van left the police officer on escort duty, Lance Corporal Emmanuel Osei, dead and a by-stander, Efia Badu, also hit by a stray bullet.

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Mahama’s Aide Gives Birth To Triplets

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Joyce Bawa Mogtari, Special aide to former President John Mahama, has reportedly delivered a set of triplets.

The lawyer has been outside public scrutiny for a while now, after the conclusion of the 2020 Election Petition.

Madam Mogtari is married to Hudu Mogtari, a former Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Food and Drugs Authority (FDA).

This set of triplets brings her number of children to 4, having already birthed a son.

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Kufuor And Akufo-Addo Wanted To Jail Me At All Cost – Tsatsu Tsikata

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Mr Tsatsu Tsikata, a former Chief Executive Officer of the Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC), has revealed that former president John Agyekum Kufuor and then Attorney General in 2002, Akufo-Addo were determined to put him behind bars at all cost.

In an interview on TV3, Mr Tsikata said the trial judge, Justice Henrietta Abban “had been adjourning because she had said if she didn’t do that there will be a mistrial.

“She did indicate that if she did not wait for the Supreme Court and the Court of appeal there will be a mistrial. In spite of all that she still went ahead to pronounce judgement on that day. You can’t really make head and tail of that in purely legal terms. The lesson I am trying to draw is this, we will want to have confidence in the judicial system. We want to have confidence that when you go to court the decisions will be based on law and the facts.

“But we also have to recognize that unfortunately that does not always happen. There are other factors that influence the course of justice including the factors political pressure being brought to bear on judges to come to a certain decision at all cost.

“In my case there was no question about the fact that the political pressure from right up to the president level, the Attorney General at that time now President Akufo-Addo, President Kufuor. They were determined that I would have to go to jail.

“That determination seemed to be based on the wish to demonstrate that certain things had not been done right under President Rawlings in the past.”

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