Chief Justice sets up special courts for election litigation

Chief Justice sets up special courts for election litigation

The Chief Justice, Madam Justice Georgina Theodora Woode has assigned 17 specialised courts to handle all related electoral disputes that may occur in the December 7 polls.

According to the CJ, the move is to ensure that there are no delays in electoral litigations across the country.

Chief Justice set up special courts for election litigation

Chief Justice Georgina Wood

She also assigned specific judges to man the 17 courts set up. The breakdown of the judges assigned are as follows: Greater Accra, six; Ashanti and Western, two each, while Eastern, Central, Upper West, Upper East, Northern, Volta and Brong Ahafo have been assigned a judge each.

There are concerns that the December 7, 2016, electoral calendar could be negatively affected following the rising number of disputes between presidential aspirants and the Electoral Commission (EC), but the Judicial Secretary said there was no cause for alarm.

These specialised courts for electoral disputes will ensure that cases are heard expeditiously and on a day-to-day basis,” Judicial Secretary, Mr Justice Alex Poku-Acheampong said.

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