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'She is qualified to be Chief Justice' - Minority supports approval of Gertrude Torkonoo

By Vincent Ashitey
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The Minority in Parliament has expressed its support for the approval of Supreme Court Judge, Justice Gertrude Araba Torkonoo as Chief Justice.

The Minority during the Chief Justice nominee’s vetting pushed for the reasoned judgment which annulled the election of James Gyakye Quayson as Assin North MP, before it can pass a vote on Justice Gertrude Torkornoo who was part of the 7-Member panel that decided the aforementioned case.

READ ALSO: Produce judgement on Gyakye Quayson before a vote on Chief Justice nominee – Minority

Supreme Court on Monday, June 5, 2023 made available its 35-page judgment on Mr James Gyakye Quayson.

Reacting to this development, the Minority Chief Whip, Hon. Governs Kwame Agbodza, MP for Adaklu Constituency in the Volta Region in a statement on Tuesday, June 6 said despite their differences with Justice Torkornoo, they believe she possesses the qualifications necessary to serve as Chief Justice.

 "... the members of the Appointments Committee representing the National Democratic Congress (NDC) will not withhold our approval of the Chief Justice nominee by consensus".

"Her curriculum vitae reveals a person of considerable experience having served as a judge from the High Court to the Court of Appeal and ultimately at the Supreme Court. Women who have acquitted themselves should be given opportunities to occupy key national offices. Even as we disagree with her jurisprudence, we find her qualified to occupy the high office of Chief Justice of the Republic of Ghana," the statement added.

According to the Minority Caucus, the image of the judiciary is not in a good shape as several opinion polls show that, as such they hope that Justice Gertrude, as a lady Chief Justice, will restore the dignity of the judiciary.