Justice Jones Dotse, a Justice of the Supreme Court, has called on parties in the 2016 presidential election to accept the verdict of the Supreme Court and show commitment on future election petition as the flagbearer of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) Nana Addo did during the election petition in 2013.
This has become necessary due to the increasing level of high political tension in the country as a result of the 2013 disputed presidential election result and the unbearable economic and social conditions in Ghana.
"It is important to observe that for the judiciary to continue to play its key role in policing the 2016 elections and beyond it must have not only the constitutional guarantees of security of tenure, but also the enabling environment under which to work without any fear of intimidation," he said.
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At the 9th Annual Chief Justice forum, organised by the Chief Justice, Theodora Georgina Wood, on Monday in Accra, on the theme: The Judiciary and Election 2016, Justice Dotse advised leaders of political parties to emulate the attitude exhibited by Nana Addo who accepted the court's verdict on the 2012 election dispute challenging the victory of NDC.
"There have been varied degrees of support for the Judiciary when they come under attack by government as well as opposition, the attacks are more ferocious and intimidating when they comes from the ruling government and its agents. As it is very well known, it is rare for Judges to defend themselves. Apart from the Ghana Bar Association and some of the orthodox churches, there’s generally been stoic silence when the Judiciary is under siege by all manner of persons and institutions.
He said, "It is important to observe that for the Judiciary to play its key role in policing the 2016 elections and beyond it must not only have the constitutional guarantees of security of tenure, but also the enabling environment to work without any fear or intimidation. In this respect therefore, let me use this platform to urge all the political actors in Ghana to accept the decision of the courts on election dispute adjudication with a good heart as was done by Nana Akufo Addo in August 2013."