September 26, 2012

The Supreme Court has dismissed an application by a member of the ruling NDC’s legal team, Chris Ackumey, to join the case concerning the controversial CI 78 which when passed into law will allow the Electoral Commission to create 45 new constituencies.

Lawyer Chris Ackumey, last Wednesday, filed a motion seeking an order to permit him to join the matter to protect his interest.

According to his lawyer, David Annan, his client has a vested interest in the case since he intends to contest as a Member of Parliament in one of the yet-to-be created constituencies; Ablekuma West.

But Lawyer Atta Akyea, in response to the application, stated that the A-G was already in the suit protecting the public interest and there was no need for the action, adding that granting Mr Ackumey’s application will encourage other people to join in the suit, thus over-burdening the court.

The court, after hearing both aruments, fixed September 25th, to rule on whether to permit Mr Ackumey to be joined in the substantive matter or not.

At today’s sitting, Supreme Court Judge, Justice Julius Ansah threw out the application. He however permitted Mr Akumey to be a friend of the court.

Counsel for the applicant David Annan expressed his satisfaction on the ruling and said the dismissal of the application does not completely rule his client out of being party to the case.