Election 2016 17 specialised courts selected to handle electoral cases

The breakdown of the judges assigned to every region is as follows: Greater Accra, six; Ashanti and Western, two each, while Eastern, Central, Upper West, Upper East, Northern, Volta and Brong Ahafo have been assigned a judge each.

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The Chief Justice, Mrs Justice Georgina Theodora Wood, has selected 17 specialised courts across the country to handle electoral disputes that may come up before the December 7, 2016, presidential and parliamentary elections.

According to the Daily Graphic Newspaper, this was revealed by the Judicial Secretary Justice Alex Poku-Acheampong in Accra.

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The breakdown of the judges assigned to every region is as follows: Greater Accra, six; Ashanti and Western, two each, while Eastern, Central, Upper West, Upper East, Northern, Volta and Brong Ahafo have been assigned a judge each.

After the Electoral Commission disqualified thirteen presidential nominees from the race over anomalies that were detected in their nomination forms they had filed.

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Some of the disqualified nominees have threatened to sue the EC. Many believe this will delay the electoral processes.

However, the Judicial Secretary said the judiciary will do all within its power to ensure the cases are heard quickly. These specialised courts for electoral disputes will ensure that cases are heard expeditiously and on a day-to-day basis,” Poku-Acheampong said.

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