President Mahama sued over last minute CHRAJ and NCCE appointments

President Mahama sued over last minute CHRAJ and NCCE appointments

In a new turn of events, the New Patriotic Party has filed a lawsuit challenging the authority of the sitting president's authority to appoint a new chairperson of the Commission of Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ) and the National Commission on Civic Education (NCCE).

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President Mahama sued over last minute CHRAJ and NCCE appointments

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Earlier today outgoing President, John Dramani Mahama, swore in the chairperson of both the CHRAJ and the NCCE, both being state owned pro-democracy institutions dedicated to the proliferation of good, democratic governance.

This, it seems, seems to be the straw that broke the camel's back. Lawyer Phillip Addison, who unsuccessfully contested for the Klottey Korley constituency against the NDC's Zanetor Rawlings, has filed a writ contesting President Mahama's authority to make this sort of decision in light of the NDC's defeat at the recent general elections, and the advanced stage of the transition process.

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Both new appointees, Jospeh Akanjolenur Whittal as the new head of CHRAJ and Josephine Nkrumah to head the NCCE, have security of tenure, which means that the incoming NPP government will be unable to remove them from their positions.

Madam Josephine Akanjolenur Whittal, although freshly promoted, has been the acting chairperson of CHRAJ for over a year since Madam Charlotte Osei's appointment as the head of the Ghana Electoral Commission in July 2015.

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President Mahama sued over last minute CHRAJ and NCCE appointments

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