Today, Friday, March 24, 2023, the House of Representatives has been debating whether to approve the Supreme Court nominees made by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.
Although two of the judges, Barbara Ackah-Yensu and Samuel Adibu Asiedu—have already received confirmation, the opposition National Democratic Congress has fought against the acceptance of the other two, Justices Ernest Yao Gaewu and George Kingsley Koomson (NDC).
The Minority contends that Justice Gaewu is ineligible for the job of Supreme Court Judge because to his prior status as the ruling NPP’s Parliamentary candidate.
Muntaka Mubarak, the MP for Asawase, said that the approval must be revoked in order to avoid creating an unfavorable precedent.
The Asawase MP highlighted during his speech in Parliament that: “When you set a bad precedent, tomorrow it becomes the yardstick for others to make this same demand.”
The opposition Parliamentarians, on the other hand, are refusing to approve George Koomson because “he just joined the appeal court.”
If the two Justices’ nominations are approved, the Asaawase MP emphasized, “what we are doing to this country is simply telling our judges to be sycophants.”
If the MPs are unable to agree, a secret balloting procedure will be expected to be used to approve the proposal.