Why should the president appoint the IGP and the Chief Justice? Emile Short asks

Why should the president appoint the IGP and the Chief Justice? Emile Short asks

- According to him, the current status prevents such public officials from effectively executing their mandates

- He added that the president should be restricted to the appointment of his ministers and members of his cabinet

- At present, consitutional provisions give the president the right to make such appointments

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Ghana’s first head of the Commission of Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ), Emile Short is of the view that the president should have no hand in the appointment of the Inspector General of Police (IGP) and the Chief Justice (CJ).

Why should the president appoint the IGP and the Chief Justice? Emile Short asks

Former CHRAJ boss, Emile Short

To him, the current trend is erroneous.

He believes that the president should solely be restricted to the appointment of his ministers and members of his cabinet.

The appointment of heads of public institutions and other public officials, he argued, should be the sole responsibility of the public bodies.

Short went on to say that the trend was an insult to democracy because such appointees consequently had political god fathers to look up to, and as such would be unable to effectively discharge their duties.

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This, he opines, sets the stage for the creation of several challenges for the government, as well as such appointees.

He therefore called for a review of such constitutional provisions, so as to safeguard the independence of such public bodies.

The Inspector-General of Police is appointed by the President acting in consultation with the Council of State according to chapter 15, article 202 (1) of the 1992 Constitution of Ghana.

Chapter 11, 144 (1) also states: The Chief Justice shall be appointed by the President acting in consultation with the Council of State and with the approval of Parliament.

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