ASEPA petitions Chief Justice to declare Justice Jones Dotse disqualified from acting in election proceedings.
The Executive Director of the Alliance for Social Equity and Public Accountability (ASEPA), Mensah Thompson has signed a press release sent out to the Chief Justice, Kwesi Anin-Yeboah.
The Alliance for Social Equity and Public Accountability (ASEPA) has petitioned the Chief Justice, calling for the immediate dismissal of Justice Jones Dotse from all judicial actions regarding the 2020 election petition, citing a possible conflict of interest.
Justice Jones Dotse is an esteemed Supreme Court Judge who has been rumoured to be a target for the speakership of the 8th parliament.
ASEPA indicated in their statement that, “this has become necessary due to high rumours circulating among the corridors of power that the learned Supreme Court Judge is being considered for the position of Speaker of Parliament in the 8th Parliament…”.
It stated further that, “Even though Justice Jones Dotse’s name has not been publicly mentioned, it is thrive knowledge among a section of Ghanaians that he is being considered for the Speakership position, and even though they mere rumours, we believe it is enough to prejudice him and as such the calls for his refusal from all election-related cases.”
The Alliance for Social Equity and Public Accountability expressed great worry over the possibility of a subjective approach to the court proceedings by Justice Jones Dotse, and pleaded the Chief Justice to make a careful selection of judges for the election-related hearings.
It said, “Considering the fact that the learned Judge seems to be a nominee of the ruling party, we believe that puts the judge in a prejudicial position incapable of making an independent determination of any election-related proceedings.”
ASEPA added, “Kindly consider this petition urgently before empanelling judges to sit on any election-related case so as to protect the image, integrity, and independence of the Judiciary especially in adjudicating the pending election petition brought by the NDC”.