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Apr 18, 2012

GH¢17m support for election 2012

Mrs. Justice Georgina Wood, Chief Justice says the United Kingdom (UK) has provided GH¢17 million to support the December 2012 general election.

According to her, Part of the funds will be used to train 276,000 party polling agents and security personnel and support 4,500 domestic election observers.

Mrs. Wood disclosed this at the signing ceremony between Ghana and UK Ms, Mrs. Sally Talylor signed on behalf of the UK, while the Chief Justice, Mrs. Justice Georgina Theodora Wood, initialed for the government.

She said the final report of the European Union Election Observation Mission that covered the 2008 elections commended the Judiciary for the effective interventions put in place to assure credibility of the electoral process through the timely and just adjudication of electoral cases.

She said an agreement to give meaning to the offer was signed between the UK and the Ghana government at a ceremony Director of the British Department for Internal Development (DFID).

She said the Judiciary remained even more committed to the speedy, just and fair adjudication of any electoral disputes that will arise before, during and after the upcoming general election.

She said currently she has appointed each Supervising High Court judge in each of the 10 regions of Ghana as the chief registration committees.

The Chief Justice said further that, the Judicial Service has put in place some measures that will advance the cause of electoral justice in the country, saying that as part of the measures, three justices of the Supreme Court are working very closely with two eminent legal experts to review the election adjudication manual which was first published four years ago.

Dr. Kwadwo Afari-Gyan, the Chairman of the EC, on his part called for a co-ordinated effort among all stakeholders to ensure peaceful, free and fair elections.

He said during elections, both the internal and external environment should be conducive and called on the Judiciary to deal with all electoral cases expeditiously.

Beneficiaries of the offer are the Electoral Commission (EC), the Ghana Police Service, the Judiciary, the Ghana Centre for Democratic Development (CDD-Ghana) and STAR Ghana.

Source: ISD