Election petition is good omen for the administration of justice -GBA

BY: Arku Jasmine

The Ghana Bar Association (GBA) is urging Ghanaians to “shun all rubble-rousing thoughts and actions” which were likely to fuel acrimony after the election petition verdict tomorrow.

In a statement signed by the nation president, Nene Abayaateye Amegatcher, the Association reminded Ghanaians of the need to uphold peace and the rule of law prior to and after the judgement day.

“While we await the highest Court to do justice in the name of the Republic, may we live up to our name as a peaceful and democratic nation. This, we owe to ourselves. May we shun all rabble-rousing, thoughts and actions which will fuel acrimony. Ghana has a duty and responsibility toward the rest of the continent to be a trail blazer,” the statement said.

Noting that the election petition was a good omen for the courts and the administration of justice, the Association further congratulated the nine justices of the Supreme Court for their “endurance in sitting for long hours, patiently listening to the parties and their lawyers in this historical case that came before them.”

It also commended the contesting political parties for using due process to have their grievances resolved by the Supreme Court.

The statement further applauded the media and the judiciary for making the administration of justice transparent by televising the 50-days sitting live for Ghanaians in particular and the world at large to participate in the proceedings from their homes and offices.

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The GBA also commended Ghanaians for demonstrating a peaceful nature throughout the election petition hearing and further reiterated its call on the public to remain law abiding and allow the rule of law to prevail.

“Finally the GBA wishes to commend all institutions and individuals who have advocated peace and restraint in diverse ways and implores the security agencies to be extremely vigilant and professional in dealing with all issues in the period running up to the judgment and thereafter,” the statement concluded.