Some residents of Commonwealth Hall have filed a petition seeking to remove incumbent Junior Common Room President Kofi Adutwum and Electoral Commissioner Hammond Akwasi Tanoh from office.
The petition received on October 19, has caused the Judicial Board of the Hall to call for a Special General Meeting slated for Thursday, October 22, 2015 to decide the fate of the two.
Okyere Henry and Joshua Tandoh, both residents of the Hall filed a writ at the Judicial Board making the following request
1. An interpretation of article 19(4)(IV),21(10)(13) of the Commonwealth Hall Constitution in as far as it relates to the use of ballot papers and boxes for JCR elections
2. An enforcement of article 19(4)(iv)(v) and 21(10)(13) Commonwealth Hall Constitution, article 29(2) of the SRC Constitution and article 49 of the 1992 constitution of Ghana to ensure that the Electoral Commission issue a constitution instrument to govern the election and ballot papers are used in the conduct of JCR elections.
3. An order of prohibition preventing the Electoral Commission from using an electronic system of voting to conduct the upcoming JCR election scheduled for the 15th of October, 2015.
4. Legal fees expended in the suit
5. General orders as the court deem fit.
The writ was issued by Barnabas Abisa and Asare Kwabena Amponsah. The defendants in the case were the Electoral Commission Commonwealth Hall and the Legal Advisor (Emmanuel Kwame Twum) of the Hall.
The Judicial Board presided over by Mettle Nunoo Jsc, with Gafaru Ali and Offei Eugene as members of the bench, unanimously ruled that the Commission refrains from organizing the elections using the electronic system of voting.
Hammond Akwasi Tanoh
The petition accuses Hammond Akwasi Tanoh for failing to file an appearance in court within the time given him by the Judicial Board, gross disregard for the Judicial Board’s interlocutory injunction and lack of respect for the authority of the Judicial Board in the just ended petition.
A separate petition calling for the removal of the JCR President, Kofi Adutwum, accuses him of grave misconduct during the above mentioned Judicial Board hearing. The petition accuses the President of storming the Judicial Board hearing to prevent the Board from performing its functions.
The President is reported to have claimed two of the Justices hearing the petition were non-residents of the Hall. The petition further states that the accusation was proved by the Chief Justice Cecil Mettle Nunoo to be untrue; the President is however, yet to apologize.
The petition describes the President’s conduct as one that has made the Hall a laughing stock following an audio capturing the President hurling insults at the justices made available for listeners of Radio Univers during Campus Exclusive.
The Special Meeting is expected to come off on Thursday, October 22 at the Central Court of Commonwealth Hall. A decision is expected to be taken on both petitions at the meeting.
Will they be impeached?
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