A law suit has been filed against the General Assembly of the Ghana Institute of Journalism -Students Representative Council (GIJ-SRC), the law making body of the council over a matter concerning the appointment and vetting of electoral commissioners.
The suit follows what is described as the failure of the vetting and appointments committee of the General Assembly to properly do their work as stipulated in the constitution but rather suggest other solutions which is described as “novel and needs more thinking and deliberations”
“…the vetting committee in their report could not come to a conclusion as to vet these appointees or not which was only their job,but they rather got time to propose a committee which is novel and needs more thinking and deliberations” the suit said
The matter comes up as a result of the disruptions that has been caused by the COVID-19 pandemic as school activities including SRC elections have had to be put on hold.
Subsequent to this, in the case of GIJ, the president of the SRC in exercising His constitutional mandate named his nominees for the Electoral Commission. After this, vetting was supposed to be done by the said vetting and appointments committee for the nominees after which the committee will propose recommendations including the approval or otherwise of the appointee(s).
It is out of this report submitted by the general assembly vetting and appointments committee that the petitioners headed to court to challenge the decision of the recommendations of the committee to move on without the current commissioners but form another committee to handle elections in the coming semester.
The argument of the committee has been that the semester will be ending virtually and that will not allow the commissioners perform their mandate as stipulated in the constitution especially as their mandate ends right after this semester. This they believe will only amount to a “waste of resources”