Author: S. Kwaku Asare, Professor

The Justice Of Intimidation

Friday, June 14, 2013
Justice William Atuguba, the Presiding Judge of the 2012 presidential election case, is not only clearly biased but he is also openly hostile to the petitioners. That is the opinion I walked away with after observing the court proceedings of June 11 and June 12. I was particularly shocked and an ...

The Absence Of A Concession And The Powers Of The Supreme Court

Saturday, February 09, 2013
As far as I know, no constitution, in the world, recognizes or even acknowledges the importance of a concession by the losing presidential candidate in a presidential election. Nevertheless, the concession has become a ritual that all the advanced democracies acknowledge and recognize as an importan ...

How Did Sikaman Get Itself Into This Pickle?

Friday, January 25, 2013
The citizens of Sikaman, a mythical state on the west coast of Africa, take their soccer seriously. Starting from the late 1950s, they have experimented with different leagues, including the Independence, Republican, Liberation, Westminster, Redemption, and Revolutionary leagues. In 1992, they l ...

The Electoral Commissioner And The Quarter Of A Million Gropaa Voters

Friday, January 11, 2013
According to the Electoral Commission EC, there is a reason it revised the voters register from a total of 13,917,366 to 14,158,890 just before the 2012 general elections see the ECs response in Nana Addo Dankwa et al. v. John Mahama and EC, Writ No. J1/6/2013. And that reason is that the EC f ...

The Implications Of Overvotes

Saturday, December 29, 2012
Under our electoral laws, the Presiding Officers, acting as agents of the Electoral Commissioner EC, are mandated to complete Column C of the so-called Pink Sheets Statement of Poll and Declaration of Results for the Office of President at the END of the poll before counting commences. Colum ...

The Supreme Court Must Cement Ghana’s Democratic Credentials

Wednesday, December 12, 2012
If, as expected, Nana Addo Dankwa, petitions the Supreme Court to challenge the validity of the election of John Mahama, as the 4th President of the 4th Republic, the Court will face a momentous question: whether to invalidate Presidential results declared by the Electoral Commissioner EC?Fo ...

The Constitutional History Of The Number Of Constituencies

Friday, September 07, 2012
In 2003, the Electoral Commissioner EC created 30 new constituencies, bringing the total number of Members of Parliament MP to 230. At that time, I opined that the creation of the constituencies was a useless enterprise that was neither legally required nor economically justified see http://ww ...

Where Is The Justice In The Tale The Big 3?

Tuesday, August 28, 2012
Samia Nkrumah, Hannah Tetteh and Adamu Dramani, hereafter the Big 3, represent the best in our political traditions. Samia is CPP, Hannah is P/NDC and Adamu is NPP.Their constituents, have at one time or the other, voted them as their MPs: Samia representing Ellembelle; Hannah representing Senya ...

The 60 Words That Forever Altered Our Political Landscape

Wednesday, August 22, 2012
I am determined to fight corruption aggressively, and I can do so, because I am not corrupt, have never been corrupt, and will demand the same of my team. Accountability and transparency are the hallmarks of good governance. Ghana needs this, Ghana deserves this and I, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, ...

In “travesty Of Justice” And “comedy Of Errors,” Judge Quist Aids In The Persecution Of Adamu Sakande, Mp For Bawku

Wednesday, August 15, 2012
In 2008, Adamu Sakande left his family in the United Kingdom and returned to Ghana to serve his country and his people. He contested the Bawku Central Parliamentary seat and resoundingly defeated Mahama Ayariga 53.4 to 46.1, the then incumbent NDC Member of Parliament MP.The Bawku Central ...

Why We Always Need A Vice-president

Friday, July 27, 2012
Ghana has no Vice-President. And that means Ghana has no President-in-waiting. The Constitution is crystal clear that we must always have a President. That means we must also always have a President-in-waiting. Without a President-in-waiting, you cannot satisfy the requirement to always have a Presi ...

The Supreme Court's Pronouncements On Dual Citizenship In Ghana

Monday, June 04, 2012
The Supreme Court recently made several important pronouncements on dual citizenship that has statutory, regulatory, and travel implications. The pronouncements render inaccurate and obsolete information posted on the website of many of our embassies. I discuss the pronouncements and their implicati ...

All Hands On Deck

Wednesday, May 30, 2012
I recently had the audacity to ask a highly respected public official why, under our laws, a Ghanaian born and educated in Ghana who holds the citizenship of another country, cannot be the Chief Fire Officer. To my utter shock and chagrin, he responded by saying if the British Embassy and Castle ...
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