Legal team for Cedric Afewu, who was disqualified by the Electoral Commission from running for the office of Organizing Secretary in the forthcoming Ghana Institute of Journalism Students Representative Council election, has hinted of plans to file for a rehearing of their case.
According to them, the judgement of the Judicial Board was not in line with the case that was brought before it.
In the Tuesday April 2 hearing of the case between Cedric Kekeli Afewu and the Electoral Commission on the matter of the former’s disqualification from the election, the Judicial Board ruled that Cedric Afewu should be allowed to pick forms again to contest in Organizing Secretary race.
The court ordered the EC not to disqualify him again on the same grounds as they did earlier.
Although Cedric Afewu’s legal representative were not happy with the ruling and engaged in further arguments with the Judicial Board after their declaration, they were advised to file an appeal.
In an informal engagement with UniversNews, lead counsel for Cedric Afewu, Orlando Tettey said that they were not going to pick forms to contest in the elections, but rather, file an appeal for the rehearing of the case.
According to him, the substantive matter before the court was to clear Cedric Afewu to run for the Organizing Secretary office and not to state whether they should be allowed to pick forms again.
Cedric Afewu was disqualified by the EC on grounds that he had not served the SRC for at least 6-months, a claim Cedric Afewu’s counsel describes as “unjustifiable and unlawful”.
The court also ruled that Philip Kwame Sarbah be allowed to pick forms again but at a 50% subsidized cost.
The court stated that although the EC was right in disqualifying the Presidential aspirant for failing to serve the SRC for at least 6 months, his inability to do so was not a fault of his but a “system failure”.
The EC’s disqualification of Richmond Bediako Mortty from the General Secretary race was also upheld by the court.
It was explained that although members of the vetting panel scored him using their own discretion, it was not strong basis for the court to use and disregard their decision.
The court added that it was a unilateral decision for the vetting committee to be established and score the performance of aspirants, therefore, the vetting results should be taken seriously without questioning.
A motion filed by the legal representative of the Electoral Commission for a week extension in the electoral processes was also granted by the court.
This implies that the elections which was scheduled for April 7 and 8 will now, barring any other issues, be held on April 14 and 15.
Also, deadline for the picking of forms is now Wednesday, April 3, 2019 at 12noon.
Story by: Jeffrey Nyabor|universnewsroom.com