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Judges not appointed based on political affiliations – GBA

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Yaw Acheampong Boafo, president of the Ghana Bar Association (GBA), is adamant that the selection of judges for the bench is based on merit.

He asserts that appointments to the lower courts are announced in the daily newspapers.

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Mr. Acheampong Boafo said that candidates are not requested to disclose their political ideas or affiliations for such posts while speaking at the 2023 Ghana Bar Conference in Cape Coast on Monday.

“It is instructive to state that same as the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court where nominations are made by three parties namely the government represented by the Attorney General, the judiciary, and the Bar, appointments to lower courts bench and high court are pursuant to advertisements in the dailies inviting persons qualified to apply,” he said.

“There is never a requirement that an applicant has to show his political affiliation,” he added.

The subject has lately gained attention as a result of former president John Mahama’s claim that President Akufo-Addo has stacked the courts with judges who lean NPP.

On September 2, Mr. Mahama accused President Akufo-Addo of choosing members of his party to the bench in order to sway rulings in their favor. He made this accusation during the NDC Lawyers Conference in Akosombo.

He then urged NDC attorneys to be ready to join the bench in order to equal out its makeup.

President Akufo-Addo, however, denied the accusation and said it should be ignored since it was false.

According to the President, Mr. Mahama’s remark is extremely harmful to the country’s prosperity and shouldn’t be expressed by a person of his status.

President Akufo-Addo stated that this is the most blatant onslaught the judiciary has ever endured in Ghana’s history when addressing the Ghana Bar Conference at the University of Cape Coast on Monday, September 11.

As a result, he pleaded with the people to denounce the former president for making such “reckless” remarks that he said attempted to endanger the judiciary.

“I have gone into this matter in detail because of a new issue which has been introduced into our public discourse by no less a public figure than the fourth president of the fourth republic perennial NDC Presidential Candidate John Mahama who has told the world that I have packed the courts with so-called NPP judges and that one of the key purposes a putative NDC victory in 2024 will be to enable him to balance the courts with so-called NDC judges.”

“Not only are these concepts new in our public discourse but they are also extremely dangerous and represent the brazen attack on the independence of the judiciary by allegedly responsible politicians,” he said.

 

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