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Ahead of his hearing, at the Disciplinary Committee of the General Legal Council, Dr Dominic Ayine's lawyer, has raise an objection to the participation of Mr. Sam Awuku Okudzeto (a Member of the Council of State), in disciplinary proceedings against him (Dr Dominic Ayine).

According to Dr. Ayine's lawyer, "the fact that all the Nine Supreme Court judges ,were unanimous in rejecting almost every application of the Petitioner, that he had brought was “telling” in terms of the open-mindedness of the justices, as far as the Petition was concerned".

Dr Dominic Ayine, through his lawyer, again expressed concern, about the lack of reasons for the rulings given by the Supreme Court. According to him, “at the end of the day, the Petition dampened his hopes with respect to the independence of the judiciary, especially its ability to hold the Electoral Commission in particular accountable in election petitions”.

Dr. Ayine, who is also the Member of Parliament for Bolega East stated that, "...any adjudicator who participates in the proceedings against him, must not only be seen to be neutral, but also removed from, and completely independent of, the politics of the Petition, and the two major political parties involved in it”.

He added that, “Mr Samuel Okudzeto also derives prestige and pecuniary benefits from his appointment. In the circumstances, we think, respectfully, that the legality or legitimacy of his appointment to the Council of State, is a source of disqualifying bias, apart from the issue of pecuniary benefit. Further, a presidential election petition is a direct product of politics at the highest level. The subject matter of the complaint, in this case, is an offshoot of a presidential election petition".

He further objected that, “Mr Samuel Okudzeto comes onto the Panel with a political association, sympathy and link, which, coupled with the public comments, that he had made prior to the Petition strongly suggest that, he cannot bring an objective judgment, to bear on the matter before the Committee. He should, therefore, not be sitting on the Panel in judgment.


Dr. Dominic Ayine; the Member of Parliament for Bolgatanga East, and also a Former Deputy Attorney General, has reportedly said, that the Supreme Court judges, in the adjudication of the 2020 petition, failed to apply the rules of procedure, and continuously dismissed the plaintiff’s applications. He also questioned the independence of the judiciary of Ghana.

He made these statement while speaking, in a Center for Democratic Development (CDD)-Ghana Round-table Discussion, on the topic; ‘Presidential Petitions and their Impact on Africa’s Democracy’.

The Chief Justice of the Republic of Ghana; Justice ,not satisfied with Dr. Ayine's comment, referred him to the Disciplinary Committee, of the General Legal Council, for allegedly making unacceptable comments against the Judiciary.

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