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Barker-Vormawor objects to CJs inclusion on panel despite Jean Mensa, deputies withdrawal of case

Political activist Oliver Barker-Vormawor has objected to the inclusion of the Chief Justice (CJ) Gertrude Torkornoo on the panel in a case in which he has been sued by Chairperson of the Electoral Commission, Jean Mensa and her two deputies.

The Electoral Commissioner Jean Mensa and her two deputies per the action names Oliver Barker-Vormawor, the Chief Justice and the Attorney General as defendants over a petition to the President for their removal on “stated misbehaviour and incompetence.”

When the case was called on Wednesday June 5 before a seven-member panel chaired by the Justice Gertrude Torkornoo, lawyers of EC commissioners said they had a motion to have the matter discontinued.

But, the CJ is named as the 2nd Defendant and was part of the panel drew the parties attention to the fact that the case was previously adjourned to reconstitute the panel since she was a party.

Before deciding to adjourn the matter for the panel to be reconstituted, she enquired from the parties if they had any objection to her being a member of the panel despite the Plaintiffs indication that they were withdrawing the action.

Justin Amenuvor, Counsel for the EC Commissioners said they do not have any objections.

Barker-Vormawor, the first defendant, whom Justice Amadu Omoro Tanko had jokingly said, he (Barker-Vormawor) supports the same club – Manchester United as the CJ, said, “for the sake of posterity” he objects to CJ’s inclusion on the panel.

EIB Network’s Legal Affairs Correspondent, Murtala Inusah, who was in court reports that, the CJ also includes Justice Paul Baffoe-Bonnie, Justice Omoro Amadu Tanko, Justice Prof. Henrietta Mensa-Bonsu, Justice Barbara Ackah-Yensu, Justice Samuel Asiedu and Justice Ernest -Gaewu.

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The case has since been adjourned sine die for the panel to be reconstituted.


In January 2022, the Electoral Commissioner Jean Mensa and her two deputies dragged Oliver Barker-Vormawor, the Chief Justice and the Attorney General to the Supreme Court over a petition to the President for “stated misbehaviour and incompetence.”

In a writ to invoke the original jurisdiction of the Supreme Court filed on January 26, 2022, the Plaintiffs were asking for five reliefs including “A declaration that the airing of the contents of the Petition by 1st Defendant to the media (Traditional and social) has subjected 1st, 2nd and 3rd Plaintiffs to public ridicule, hatred, opium and opprobrium and equally exposed them to unfair prejudice.”

They are also seeking “An order of perpetual injunction directed against 2nd Defendant (Chief Justice) from determining, dealing or having anything to do in any manner whatsoever and/or howsoever, with any issues arising out of the contents of Petitioners Petition or at all.”

They also seek “orders and/or directions as this honourable court may deem fit to give effect or enable effect to be given to the orders of this court.”

Source: Kasapafmonline.

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