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NDC calls for Chief Justice’s resignation over ‘self-serving’ judicial appointments

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The National Communications Officer of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) has called for the resignation of Chief Justice Gertrude Araba Torkornoo, accusing her of having a “self-seeking” interest in the selection of certain judges to the Supreme Court.

Sammy Adu Gyamfi expressed his willingness to overlook the Chief Justice’s procedural flaws but argued that her actions do not serve the country’s best interests. “What she has done is totally wrong, uncalled for, and unconstitutional. She must eat humble pie, concede this fact, and make amends,” he said on JoyNews’ PM Express.

Gyamfi suggested that if the Chief Justice had merely requested an increase in the number of Supreme Court justices to ensure the speedy resolution of pending matters, the procedural lapses might have been acceptable. However, he criticized her for going beyond that to propose specific justices of her choosing to the President, which he views as problematic and indicative of a personal agenda.

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“This shows that the CJ is not merely interested in having more justices on the Supreme Court but has her own preferences for friends, allies, or specific individuals in the judiciary,” he stated, adding that this raises concerns of conflict of interest.

Gyamfi stressed that as the Chairperson of the Judicial Council, which advises the President on judicial nominations, the Chief Justice should not be the one dictating specific appointments based on personal criteria. “This clearly indicates that the main motivation is not the speedy determination of matters before the Supreme Court but to have her preferred individuals appointed,” he argued, calling this reason enough for her resignation.

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In a letter dated May 30, 2024, addressed to President Nana Akufo-Addo, the Chief Justice recommended the appointment of five justices to the Supreme Court: Justice Angelina Mensah Homiah, Justice Eric Kyei Baffour, Justice Edward Amoako Asante, Justice Cyra Pamela C.A. Koranteng, and Justice Afia Asare Botwe.

On Thursday, July 4, the NDC accused the President and the Chief Justice of colluding to protect current government officials from accountability after their term ends. The party claimed that the Judicial Council had initially resisted the move to elevate the five judges, only for the Chief Justice and the President to override this resistance.

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NDC General Secretary Fifi Kwetey expressed concern over the nominations, describing them as unjust and calling for the decision to be contested. He emphasized the need for transparency and fairness in the judicial appointment process, highlighting potential bias.

Meanwhile, the Majority Leader in Parliament, Alexander Afenyo-Markin, defended the Chief Justice’s proposal to increase the number of Supreme Court judges to 20, insisting that the recommendation is within legal boundaries and that no laws have been violated.

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