Award-winning Ghanaian journalist, Manasseh Azure Awuni has said in his latest opinionated article he posted on Facebook that he doubts if the flagbearer of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) will get any redress if they should proceed to the court of the contentious polls.
He premises his argument on the 2012 elections which the NPP described as flawed and subsequently dragged the mater to court but were given a raw deal and the fact that the integrity of the judiciary has been lowered in recent times.
Below Is His Write Up
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In the wake of the disputed elections that have been made murkier by the error-ridden results from the Electoral Commission, the chorus that is being sung to the opposition NDC is, “Go to court if you think you have a case.”
It is a good call to make, but on social media and in personal conversations, the overwhelming opinion is that the NDC has no chance of getting justice in court no matter the strength of their case. This is worrying and dangerous for our democracy and for the safety and security of our nation. The main reason someone will heed the advice not to “take the law into their own hands” is when that person knows that they can get justice if they leave the law in the hands of the police, judiciary and other adjudicatory state institutions. But is that case?
If a typical Ghanaian holds a cup to a water dispenser that isn’t empty, he or she is assured of water. But is the average Ghanaian assured that true justice will be dispensed in the courts, especially if they’re up against the rich or politically connected?A number of reasons account for the falling confidence in the judiciary, but the judiciary itself has not helped its image in the way it has handled some issues in the past.Despite its shortcomings, the judiciary is one institution I treat with the same reverence I give to the only traffic light in Burma Camp.
I was, therefore, scandalized when a sitting member of Parliament sat on TV and insulted a judge with words I cannot repeat here. As usual, the reaction on social media was, “Apuu! Wait and see if the judiciary will treat it the same way they would have treated such an attack on its judges by an ordinary or opposition member of the public.”In 2016, the court swiftly jailed the Montie 3 who scandalized the court. In the 2013 election petition hearing process, Justice William Atuguba showed those who had scandalized the courts their real sizes before jailing some for contempt.In this case, the uncompromising judge who was handling the MP’s contempt case and showed signs of “dealing with him” was removed from the case because he was said to be hostile.
And since then, the pace of that case is now slower than that of a badly wounded snail. It was adjourned and we don’t know when a trial will resume. And the general public is watching the delay with keen interest. Our judiciary is our last hope. If a politician or powerful private individual knows that they cannot break the law and have their way in court, they’ll think twice before acting. A person or group of persons who are aggrieved will hardly take the law into their own hands if they know they’ll get justice in court.