24October2014

News in Ghana

Chris Ackumey to join Substantive Suit, CI 78 - Supreme Court

The Supreme Court has decided to rule on whether to permit Mr. Chris Ackumey to be joined in the substantive case, which will determine whether or not Constitutional Instrument (CI) 78 was laid before parliament without going through the constitutional requirement.

The court has adjourned Mr. Chris Ackumey’s joinder on Wednesday after he applied to the court on September 10 to join him in the substantive case, in that, he has an interest to protect in the case. Mr. Ackumey argued that he intends to contest as a member of parliament in one of the contested 45 constituencies (Ablekuma West)

The court has fixed September 25 to rule on whether to permit Mr. Ackumey to be joined in the substantive matter or not.

In a telephone interview on The Gold Power Drive, Radio Gold’s morning show, counsel for Mr. Chris Ackumey, David Annan, said “the ruling has gone in our favour and it is good news for the Attorney General (AG), The Electoral Commission (EC) and for us (David Annan and Chris Ackumey)”. He explained that the court, permitting his client to be part of the action will ensure that all matters in dispute in the case would be determined once and for all to avoid multiplicity of suit.

He added that he paired Mr. Chris Ackumey because nobody represents the individual who supports the creation of the 45 new constituencies in the case. He held that there are individuals who are opposed to the creation of the new constituencies. He cited examples like Ex- President J.A Kufour, the church, Mr. Osafo Marfo, Mr. Ransford France among others.

Lawyer Annan told Radio Gold that he and Mr. Ackumey intend to make submissions independent of the EC and the AG. “We will not argue in the same way as the AG and the EC”.

However, he strongly condemns the erroneous report by sections of the media which indicates that Mr. Chris Ackumey’s motion was to stop the injunction and that his motion was refused.  He describes such reports as “malicious, mischievous and fallacious”.

Source: Radio Gold online Team || Richard Fiebor