SC to hear case seeking to bar President from appointing EC boss

The Supreme Court will Thursday morning hear a writ asking it to rule on the constitutional provision that grants the President the power to nominate the chairman of the Electoral Commission.

The writ filled by broadcast Journalist with Citi FM, Richard Sky wants the Supreme Court to rule that the Council of State has the ultimate responsibility of appointing Chairman of the Electoral Commission.

Lawyer for the plaintiff, Alexander Afenyo Markins, in the writ says upon true and proper interpretation of article 70(2) of the 1992 constitution together with article 91(4), it is the Council of State that has the constitutional mandate to initiate the process of appointing the chairman, the deputies and commissioners of the electoral commission and such advice on a suitable candidate to be appointed becomes binding on the President.

The ruling by the nine Supreme Court Justices should rouse significant public interest considering that the current Chairman of the Commission, Dr. Kwadwo Afari Djan, retires this month.

Alexander Afenyo Markins has told Joy FM he is ready to argue his case before the Court.


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