Just as Pontius Pilate washed his hands after condemning Jesus to death, Justice Gifty Adjei Addo has recused herself from the law suit brought by journalists against the Electoral Commission over payment of accreditation fees before covering the 2016 general elections.
The International Standards Journalists Association (ISJA), in the suit filed at the Human Rights Division of the High Court, argued that the move by the EC was a breach of the fundamental human rights of the journalists to vote. According to them, the right to vote “includes the right to know whether the EC had acted properly throughout, at all material times.”
On 29th of November, Justice Adjei Addo set aside one of two writs challenging the EC’s decision on procedural grounds. The main ground was that, the ISJA should have come by an application instead of a writ.
The plaintiff before the 29th of November withdrew the writ and filed a new one with the excuse that, it does not want the case to be dragged by technicalities. It brought this action to the notice of the judge. The judge, however, noted that, the procedure that was used to discontinue the case offended order 17 rue 2 of CI 47. In other words, the plaintiff should have sort the leave of the court first. She awarded a cost of three thousand Ghana cedis.
The judge did not give an explanation in open court but said she has referred the matter to the Chief Justice to choose a different judge for the case