Supreme Court judges are not cowards; they will give a fair trial – Benard Monah

Benard Monah

Benard Monah

The General Secretary of the People National Convention (PNC), Bernard Monah is certain the Justices of the Supreme Court will adjudicate the Election Petition before it fairly and without fear or favour.

According to him, the confidence exuded by the justices so far has given him enough assurance that they will not succumb to any external pressure.

“The judges are not cowards; they know the law and are working within the law so they will kowtow to anyone’s demand”.

The Supreme Court has set April 16 to begin the trail of the Election Petition filed by New Patriotic Party (NPP) presidential candidate Nana Akufo-Addo, his running mate, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia and the party’s Chairman, Jake Obetsebi Lamptey, challenging the 2012 presidential election results.

The judges on Tuesday set the parameters for the trial.

The Supreme Court also narrowed in to two,issues presented to it by the petitioners.

Speaking on Asempa FM’s Ekosii Sen programme Wednesday, Benard Monah commended the court for being firm in their decision.

He said the strict manner with which the judges worked attested to the fact that they are determined to deal with the issue quickly to put the matter to rest.

“I think the Supreme Court judges gave a fair judgement on the issue so that they can set the ball rolling. I am hopeful that the judiciary will be up to the task” he added.

The PNC scribe cautioned the parties involved in the Election Petition not to delude themselves into thinking that they can have their way in court because “the judges will not tolerate any delay tactics”.

He was however worried about the impact the verdict will have on the integrity of the Electoral Commission (EC).

“Whether the petitioners get their day or the respondents get their day, the image and integrity of the Electoral Commission (EC) has been affected” Monah opined.

He conceded that the petition which is the first ever in Ghana’s history is a test of Ghana’s democracy.