The Ghana Bar Association (GBA) has tasked its members to avail themselves to be trained by the Electoral Commission and be used for the upcoming November Parliamentary and Presidential elections.
Benson Nutsukpui, the president of the association in a new year's message to the Bar members said 2016 marks a significant milestone in Ghana’s democracy, and therefore urged members of the Bar to be ready to play crucial roles in the dispensation.
The news could be a welcoming one to the EC whose 2012 election results were challenged in court by the opposition NPP due partly to some errors the party claimed were committed by presiding officers.
The Supreme Court judges threw out the case, however, they advised the electoral body to thoroughly train and hire qualified personnel to man the electoral process in future elections.
The EC had hinted it would rely on professionals and other qualified personnel, especially lecturers as presiding officers in the upcoming general elections.
The GBA therefore, believes its role in the elections which has seen the main opposition party, NPP and other political parties call on the EC to make available a new voters’ register, will contribute directly in the electoral process to ensure a smooth and confident elections.
Meanwhile, the GBA is also worried about the increasing reports of human rights abuses, threats to peace and other institutional violence. Mr Nutsukpui therefore threw the challenge to members to show interests in public interest cases and support the cause of the underprivileged in the society.
"The GBA wishes you all a prosperous New Year," he concluded.