NDC Raises Alarm Over Alleged Judicial Bias in Supreme Court Scheduling

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NDC Raises Alarm Over Alleged Judicial Bias in Supreme Court Scheduling

The National Democratic Congress (NDC) has voiced its concern over what it perceives as biased scheduling of political cases in the Supreme Court of Ghana, specifically targeting Chief Justice Gertrude Torkornoo.

The party alleges favoritism towards the government and accuses the Chief Justice of facilitating a delay in the hearing of certain cases to suit the ruling party’s agenda.

In a statement issued on Wednesday, March 27, 2024, the NDC expressed dismay over the prioritization of the case filed by South Dayi MP, Rockson-Nelson Dafeamekpor, over other pending matters, notably the case of Richard Dela Sky v. the Parliament of Ghana and the Attorney-General.

The NDC pointed out the timeline of events, highlighting that Richard Dela Sky filed his challenge against the constitutionality of the Sexual Rights and Family Values Bill on March 5, 2024, nearly two weeks before Dafeamekpor filed his case on March 18, 2024. Despite this, Dafeamekpor’s case was listed for hearing ahead of Sky’s.

The party argues that the apparent haste in scheduling Dafeamekpor’s case while delaying Sky’s suggests a deliberate attempt by the Chief Justice to expedite the resolution of Dafeamekpor’s suit, potentially allowing President Akufo-Addo to shelve the Sexual Rights and Family Values Bill, which the NDC supports.

The NDC further criticizes the Chief Justice for not listing cases challenging the constitutionality of the Electronic Transfer Levy (E-Levy) Bill, filed by NDC Members of Parliament in 2022, for hearing.

The statement condemns what it perceives as an arbitrary exercise of administrative discretion by the Chief Justice, reinforcing the public perception of bias within the judiciary and accusing the Chief Justice of acting in favor of the ruling party.

The NDC demands immediate rectification of the scheduling discrepancy and calls for fairness and balance in the judiciary’s handling of cases, emphasizing the importance of upholding justice and the rule of law.

Signed by Fifi Fiavi Kwetey, the General Secretary of the NDC, the statement concludes by expressing the party’s commitment to challenging perceived biases within the judiciary and safeguarding democratic principles in Ghana.

The NDC’s strong stance underscores the heightened tensions surrounding judicial independence and impartiality, reflecting broader concerns about the integrity of Ghana’s legal system and its role in upholding democratic values.

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