Electoral Courts Sit daily to hear electoral disputes – CJ to judges

Justice Georgina Woode has also directed that the seventeen appointed Judges submit a weekly report on the status of all electoral cases brought before it.

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The Chief Justice has directed the seventeen High Court judges who have been assigned to handle electoral disputes that may come up before the December 7, 2016, presidential and parliamentary elections to sit daily to hear all electoral disputes.

This was contained in a statement signed by the Judicial Secretary Justice Alex B. Poku- Acheampong.

“By virtue of the powers conferred on her by order 79 of the High Court (Civil Procedure) Rules, 2004 (C.I 47), the Lady Chief Justice has also directed that the judges hear these election-related cases on a day-to-day basis including weekends, but excluding public holidays from 9.00am to 6:00pm, until the cases are finally disposed of.”

Justice Georgina Woode has also directed that the appointed Judges submit a weekly report on the status of all electoral cases brought before it.

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She also asked the courts to prioritise electoral cases over other pending cases in the court.

“This authorization and directive from the Hon. Lady Chief Justice takes effect from Tuesday, October 18, 2016, until otherwise varied or cancelled,” the statement added.

The Chief Justice 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.

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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.

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.

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