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Comment: Re: How Do We Solve This Predicament in Sissala La

Author:
Kobena
Date:
2013-09-06 15:07:08
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How Do We Solve This Predicament in Sissala Land

Kofi,
You have not been fair to Justice Ansah by your partial quotations. This is what he wrote:

"I hold in my concluding comments on this ground, that the failure to sign the pink sheet was a monumental irregularity unmitigated by any circumstances. I am further fortified in this view by the observation that in establishing the duty for presiding officers to sign pink sheets before proceeding to declare the results of the polls at the polling station, Article 49 (3) of the Constitution does not merely constitute a mandatory constitutional duty on presiding officers to do so prior to announcing the election results, but it is also one of the entrenched provisions of the Constitution. In the face of the full force of this entrenched constitutional requirement, I am unable to make any exception to save the pink sheets impugned by the omission of the presiding officers on the basis of the explanations offered by the respondents."

Dr Afari-Djan himself admitted under oath that non-signing of the pink sheets WAS an irregularity. That is an entrenched position in the Constitution which not even Parliament can change.

Justice Ansah applied the spirit and letter of the Constitution of Ghana, while the others danced around it to try and justify an untenable position. If they had been signed, there would have been nothing to crow about. By not signing, those people broke a major provision of the Supreme law of Ghana, and there was not way round it!

We need to begin demand that people do the right thing in Ghana.

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Kobena on Sep 6, 15:07
Re: How Do We Solve This Predicament in Sissala La