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Judges ready to handle election disputes – Chief Justice

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With 12 days to the 2020 Presidential and Parliamentary polls, Chief Justice Kwasi Anin Yeboah says judges nationwide are ready and resourced to handle any disputes that may arise from the outcome of the polls.

He says judges have been trained on election adjudication to enable them sufficiently and speedily hear disputes fairly.

The Chief Justice, who spoke at the launch of the revised election adjudication manual on Tuesday, assured the public of the professionalism of the bench in handling disputes.

“As we prepare for the 2020 elections, I wish to assure the good people of Ghana of the thoroughness, the professionalism and the patriotism with which we approach and dispense our duties. That will never change.”

“As part of our preparation for the 2020 elections, our judges have sufficient training to better improve their capacity in handling disputes that might emerge after these elections,” the Chief Justice said.

Judges nationwide are also being sensitised “in order that they can approach electoral disputes expeditiously.”

“I am hopeful that our judges will bring these added skills to bear in the determination of disputes which may arrive after the elections,” Chief Justice Anin Yeboah added.

Ahead of the polls, the Chief Justice has stressed the need for the quick resolution of electoral conflicts.

“There are no doubts that the slow pace of adjudication of electoral disputes is anathema to the 1992 constitution, which mandates the smooth operation of the country’s democratic culture,” he said in September.

The most high profile legal dispute has seen an independent presidential aspirant, Marricke Kofi Gane, challenge his disqualification from the 2020 polls.

The High Court has set Monday, November 30, 2020, to settle the case.

Source: Citi News

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