Supreme Court to rule on Amewu’s case tomorrow

Supreme Court to rule on Amewu’s case tomorrow

- The Supreme Court has set Tuesday, January 5, 2020, to rule on the case concerning the legality of John Peter Amewu to be sworn in

- The energy minister’s swearing is in limbo after a High Court in Ho placed an injunction on the EC’s ability to gazette the parliamentary result of the Hohoe constituency

- The state through the AG is asking the apex court the ruling of the High Court

The Supreme Court will on Tuesday, January 5, 2021, rule on the case in which the state is challenging an injunction placed on the eligibility of the Member of Parliament-elect for Hohoe constituency, John Peter Amewu, to be sworn in.

Amewu’s eligibility to be sworn on Thursday, January 7, 2021, was thrown in limbo following an injunction on his swearing by a High Court in Ho in the Volta Region.

Supreme Court to rule on Amewu’s case tomorrow
Supreme Court to rule on Amewu’s case tomorrow Image credit: John Peter Amewu
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The Attorney-General (AG) filed a motion at the Supreme Court asking it to quash the injunction as well as halt the High Court from hearing the substantive brought against Amewu and the Electoral Commission.

The injunction was granted after some residents of Santrokofi, Akpafu, Likpe, and Lolobi (SALL) argued that the commission’s failure to allow them participate in the just-ended parliamentary elections amounted to a breach of their rights.

After listening to arguments from the state and the lawyer of the people of SALL, Tsatsu Tsikatu, the apex court set Tuesday, January 5, 2021, for its ruling.

Meanwhile, in earlier development, the court threw out Tsikata’s objection seeking the recusal of one of the justices sitting on the matter.

Tsikata raised an objection to the inclusion of Justice Clemence Jackson Honyenuga on the five-member panel presided by Justice Yaw Appau.

The rest of the members are Justice Samuel Marful-Sau, Justice Gertrude Torkunor, and Justice Amadu Tanko.

According to Tsikata, Honyenugah has a “strong personal relationship,” with Amewu, who is also Ghana’s Energy Minister, Starr FM reported.

However, in a unanimous ruling on Monday, January 4, 2020, the five-member panel of the apex court held that there was no merit in the objection raised by Tsikata.

The court held that an allegation of bias against a judge was a serious case that must be backed with “irresistible evidence”, reported.

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In other news, An Accra Circuit Court has charged the minority leader in Parliament, Haruna Iddrisu, with unlawful assembly for marching to the headquarters of the Electoral Commission (EC).

Iddrisu was charged alongside 19 other National Democratic Congress (NDC) Members of Parliament (MPs).

Iddrisu on Tuesday, December 22, 2020, led his colleagues to petition the chairperson of the EC, Jean Mensa over the parliamentary results of Techimman South seat which was called for the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP).

Barred from going beyond a barricade around the Ridge Roundabout, Iddrisu led the opposition MPs to break through the barricade in defiance leading to a serious brawl with security officers manning the EC premises.

The MPs were reportedly physically manhandled by the police for being “obstinate.”

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