Accra, May 22, GNA – Kenya’s 12-member Judicial Committee on Elections (JEC) are in Ghana to confer with the judiciary on how to resolve election disputes fairly and expeditiously.
The delegation’s visit, come at a time when Kenya is preparing for its general election on August 8, this year since it adopted its new Constitution.
Justice Philomena Mwilu, Kenya’s Deputy Chief Justice and Vice President of Kenya’s Constitutional Court, intimated that the purpose of their visit was to ascertain dispute resolution mechanisms, including their mode of operations, legislative and administrative frameworks so as to generate lessons that the Kenyan judiciary could adopt.
The team is also expected to meet with civil society organisations, the Electoral Commission, Regulator of Political Parties, election observers and call on Ghana’s Chief Justice, Mrs Georgina T. Wood.
Mr Justice Jones Victor Dotse, a Supreme Court Judge and the Chairman of Ghana’s Judicial Election Task Force Committee, recounted how Ghana’s judiciary had come out with Election Manuals in 2008, 2012 and 2016 to guide the courts and judges in election adjudication.
He told the delegation that while Ghana’s 2012 election disputes lasted for six months, Kenyan successively sat over their election disputes within two weeks.
Justice Dotse lauded the swift manner Kenyans resolve their election disputes, adding, “Ghana has a lot to learn from you”.
He said Ghana’s Election Task Force normally go round the country to educate and equip Magistrates and Judges on how to interpret the laws on registration processes and issues relating to filing of parliamentarians.
Mr Justice William Atuguba, a Supreme Court Judge, recounted that the principles used to decide on Ghana’s six month Election Petition was not different from that of Kenya’s Election dispute, adding, sanctity of votes should carry the day when considering a petition.
Earlier, the Kenyan delegation called on Ghana’s Chief Justice, Mrs Georgina T. Wood in her office. The meeting was held behind closed doors.