The FixtheCountry movement have petitioned President Nana Addo-Dankwa Akufo-Addo for the removal of the chairperson of the Electoral Commission of Ghana Mrs. Jean Mensah.
According to the movement, they want Mrs. Jean Mensah to be removed as the chairperson of the Electoral Commission of Ghana because she intentionally denied some Ghanaians the right to vote during the 2020 general elections.
They explained that the actions of Mrs. Jean Mensah which led to the denial of the people of Santrokofi, Akpafu, Lolobi and Likpe meets the threshold of stated misbehaviour and, or incompetence and therefore she must be removed from office.
KINDLY READ THE STATEMENT BELOW
[10 January 2022]
PETITION TO THE PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF GHANA FOR THE REMOVAL FROM OFFICE OF THE CHAIRPERSON AND OF THE DEPUTY CHAIRPERSONS OF THE ELECTORAL COMMISSION PURSUANT TO ARTICLE 146 OF THE 1992 CONSTITUTION
Earlier today, January 10, 2022, a group of 46 individuals who sympathize with the drive for active citizenship being championed bv aFixTheCountrv.agreed to join eforts to submit, through their lawyers a petition of 24 pages and 19 appendixes to the President of the Republic of Ghana, invoking the constitutional processes for the removal of the Chair and Deputies of the Electoral Commission.
The petitioners comprise lawyers, academics, students, public and private sector employees, unemployed and homeless Ghanaians, and cuts across all political persuasions and ethnicity.
The petitioners come from different towns and regions across the country and includes Ghanaians in daspora.
Grounds for the Petition
The petition has been brought in connection with the intentional denial of the right to vote in of the peopie of Santrokofi, Akpafu, Lolobi and Likpe in the 2020 general parhamentary elections.
The petitioners assert that the actions of the impugned officials, if considered in context and in light of their preceding and subsequent conduct, meets the threshold of stated misbehaviour and, or incompetence as required under Article 146 of the 1992 Constitution for the removal of these officials.
Why have the Petitioners taken this step?
In presenting this petition, the Petitioners have chosen to place their trust in a 1992 Constitution they believe to still be alive. The Petitioners have faith that the normal constitutional processes contemplated by the Constitution to avenge intractions against t and our democracywill be upheld without fear nor favour; and that their standing as mere citizens of this Republic does not disable them from obtaining justice, in preserve of our Constitution.
What are the Next Steps?
The Supreme Court has held that the President on receipt of a petition brought under Article 146 acts only as a conveyor belt, who has no choice but to transmit the petition to the Chief Justice,
The Chief Justice then has the duty to determine whether a prima facie case has been established in accordance with law. Arter that, a ommittee consisting ot three Judges and two others appointed by the Chief Justice will be put in place to investigate the petition.
We expect that as the President has done in previous times, he will act with necessary dispatch and have the necessary democratic integrity to not to frustrate efforts to protect our Constitution and constitutional rights.
Public release of the Content of the Petition.
The Supreme Court has in a string of decisions held that the contents of a petition brought under Article 146 of the Constitution cannot be made publie in order to protect the privacy interest of the Article 146 office holders. While the Petitioners find it bizarre that the Supreme Court will aid public office holders to assert non-existent personal privacy interests in grave matters ot public interest and in connection with the pertormance ot their otticals duties, they have reticently agreed to embargo the release ot the full content ot the petition, tor the meantime.
Signed: Oliver Barker-Vormawor [Lead Petitioner]
SOURCE : Coverghana.com.gh