A Law lecturer at the Ghana School of Law has described as inappropriate Dr. Kwadwo Afari-Djan’s response to queries about his whereabouts by the Justices of the Supreme Court.
Moses Foh-Amoaning said the Electoral Commission chairman should consider the question from the bench as a kind gesture because it is in his [Afari Djan’s] own interest.
The EC boss – in an apparent response to a question posed to his lawyer by Justice Dotse bordering on his [Afari Djan] absence in court – said contrary to speculations in the media, he is not missing.
Dr. Afari-Djan who is second respondent in the election petition before the Supreme Court could not fathom the hue and cry about his absence in court, stated emphatically he will be there when the substantive case is heard on April 16.
But lawyer Foh-Amoaning on Asempa FM’s Ekosii Sen programme Thursday said Dr. Afari Djan’s posture towards the ongoing court case is an affront to the highest court of the land.
According to him, it will be in Afari-Djan’s interest as the returning officer of the disputed 2012 presidential election to “take the court seriously”.
The law lecturer stated that the of the issues Afari Djan described as preliminary have direct bearing on the substantive matter.
“The judges are indicating that they do not like the fact that he [Afari Djan] has not been present in court” but his reply to the Justices of the Supreme Court is in bad taste.
“And I think he should have kept quite and go to court on the 16.I were the lawyer of the Electoral Commission, I will take a cue from the bench”.