Just in: Supreme Court throws out suit filed against Martin Amidu
- The Supreme Court has thrown out a suit filed against Martin Amidu's eligibility to serve as the country's Special Prosecutor
- Finality was brought to the matter after a 5-2 majority decision
- This ruling, however, indicates that the court has given legal backing to Martin Amidu to serve in the position of Ghana's Special Prosecutor
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The Supreme Court has thrown out a suit filed against Martin Amidu's eligibility to serve as the country's Special Prosecutor.
The Supreme Court arrived at a 5-2 majority decision but did not give reasons for the decision.
It was directed that the lawyers of the clients could pick up explanations from the court’s registry.
This ruling indicates that the court has given legal backing to Martin Amidu to serve in the position of Ghana's Special Prosecutor.
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The judges who were in favour of the dismissal of the suit included, Cheif Justice Anin Yeboah, Justices Bafffoe Bonnie, Marfo Sau, Nene Amegatse and Prof Ashie Kotey.
The two judges who dissented are Justices Sulley Gbadegbe and Agnes Dodzi.
The suit was filed by former Deputy Attorney General, Dr. Dominic Ayine in February 2019.
He contended that Mr. Amidu, being 66 years, was too old to hold public office, and as such, cannot be the Special Prosecutor.
He, therefore, sought a declaration that per the interpretation of Articles 190(1)(d), 199(1), 199(4), and 295 of the 1992 Constitution, the retirement age of all holders of public offices created pursuant to Article(1)(d), is 60 years, thus Mr. Amidu was not qualified or eligible to be nominated as the Special Prosecutor.
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In other news, the Electoral Commission (EC) has responded to allegations by the Minority on their intension to compile new voters' register ahead of the December 2020 polls in the midst of the Coronavirus crisis.
The Minority Leader at a press conference questioned the priorities of the government and the EC as the coronavirus festers.
A statement signed by the election management body’s Acting Director of Public Affairs, Mrs. Sylvia Annor, noted that the Commission will still go ahead with the compilation of the new register despite the COVID-19 pandemic.
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