Chairman of the Modular System Elections Bill for the Mensah Sarbah Hall JCR, Theophilus Addo, has described parts of the ruling of the Judicial Board on the 2020/2021 elections as problematic and strange.
He said the decision by the Court has the possibility of setting serious precedence for the democracy of Junior Common Room elections in the Hall.
Mr. Theophilus Addo believes there was a miscarriage of justice in the Monday ruling.
On Monday, May 3, 2021, a court presided over by the Mensah Sarbah Hall Chief Justice, His Lordship Obiri Bernard Koranteng has granted four out of five reliefs sought by presidential Aspirant, Emmanuel Adika in this year’s Junior Common Room (JCR) Elections.
The Court declared null and void section 1(2) and section 3 (2)(d) of the Modular System Elections Act, 2021 as well as Regulations, 8 (ii) of the JCR General Elections Regulations, 2021 (C.I 02) in a hearing that took place at the Christian Reading Room.
The Chief Justice declared that section 1 (2) of the modular system election Act, 2021 contravenes Article 1(2) of the JCR Constitution and therefore null and void as filed by the plaintiff.
Speaking in an interview on Campus Exclusive on Tuesday, May 4, 2021, he stated that the Court did not treat the case with all due diligence.
“It shows in the ruling! We do not think the Court had all the time to peruse the documents thoroughly. Wheen a ruling is given, it is explained; all you see in this ruling is ‘in contravention’,” Theophilus, who is the First Deputy Speaker of Sarknesset, the Legislative body the JCR scored.
He hinted of plans to take further actions on the Court’s decision, saying “in terms of the way forward, we are still deliberating [on it] amongst ourselves.”
He also questioned the Judicial Board for ordering the Electoral Commission, a body he said should be autonomous and not subjected to any dictates from external bodies.
“For a court to say the vetting should be based on eligibility criteria, I don’t know how that would work,” he noted.
Story by: Christian Yalley | universnewsroom.com