The Minority in Parliament has asked the Chief Justice nominee, Justice Gertrude Esaaba Torkornoo to restore the lost dignity of Ghana’s Judiciary.
The National Democratic Congress MPs say several polls have shown that the Judiciary is not in good shape and according to them, if this is not addressed urgently, it will greatly affect the country’s growing democracy.
As a result, they have urged Justice Gertrude Torkornoo to take the matter up immediately she is approved and sworn into office.
“The image of the judiciary is not in a good shape. Several opinion polls show that. We hope that Justice Gertrude, as a lady chief justice, will restore the dignity of the judiciary,” they said in a statement.
They have also expressed their approval of her as the next Chief Justice.
This is despite their strong disagreement with the Supreme Court’s recent judgment annulling the election of James Gyakye Quayson in Assin North.
Justice Torkornoo, who was part of the 7-member panel that decided the case, faced scrutiny from the Minority when she appeared before the Appointments Committee on May 26.
The Minority had initially insisted that no decision would be made on her nomination until the full reasoning of the judgment in the case was released.
Speaking on behalf of the Minority, Deputy Ranking Member of the Appointments Committee of Parliament and The Chief Whip on behalf, Governs Kwame Agbodza, MP, explained that despite their differences with Justice Torkornoo, they believe she possesses the qualifications necessary to serve as Chief Justice.
During a press conference on Tuesday, June 6, the NDC represented on the Appointments Committee said they had “reached a unanimous decision to approve the Chief Justice nominee.”
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