The Director of Advocacy and Policy Engagement at the Centre for Democratic Development (CDD-Ghana), Dr. Kojo Asante, has urged the Supreme Court to fast-track cases with constitutional implications.
Dr. Asante believes it crucial for the Supreme Court to treat issues involving political sensitivity and constitutional limitations equally and to rule quickly.
He further emphasized the importance of upholding constitutional principles and how quickly handling such cases would send a powerful message about the goals of the Constitution’s framers.
“I think the Supreme Court just as it takes other political cases seriously and acts with alacrity should take these constitutionally restrained issues very important because it sends a signal to anybody that holds the office what the framers of the constitution intended and what we need to protect.
“One of greatest challenges we have is that in most cases when u sue the state you have to make the attorney general a respondent in the case and in most cases depending on where the attorney general’s focus is, you will get a quick response or a delayed response and in these cases that take very long, the response from the attorney general is very slow and it affected the court’s ability to respond,” he said on Citi TV’s Big Issue on Saturday, June 3, 2023.
Dr. Asante’s comments come after the Supreme Court recently ruled unanimously that the Presidency’s order for former Auditor General Daniel Domelovo to take leave was unconstitutional.
The appointment of an Acting Auditor General by the President while a substantive Auditor-General was in office was likewise ruled to be unlawful by the court.
Based on facts and documentation showing that Mr. Domelevo was born on June 1, 1960, the Presidency ordered him to take vacation in July 2020.
However, Mr. Domelevo argued that this was illegal, which resulted in an increase in the length of his leave from 123 to 167 days, commencing July 1, 2020.