She said the use of violence to destroy
and undermine the very system we have chosen to govern this country, was
contrast to national stability and security.
Justice Wood was speaking at a national stakeholders conference on the 2nd
edition on the Manual on Election Adjudication in Ghana in Accra.
meeting organized by the Judicial Service for the southern sector of the
country was attended by officials of the Electoral Commission, the Police,
Immigration, Prisons, the Christian Council and other civil society organizations.
Justice Wood said credible elections were critical to democratic governance
because it provided leadership with the legitimacy for ruling.
said when elections were credible citizens had a sense of ownership of the
political process even if those policies were hurtful in the short term.
Justice Wood also said electoral justice required that elections should be
conducted in accordance with the rule of law and when that was violated there
should be a credible system in place to deal effectively with those claims.
said electoral justice covered the entire range of activities for ensuring that
all actions, procedures and decisions related to the electoral process
conformed to the constitution and other international instruments and treaties
to which the country was bound.
said electoral justice was thus the medium for preserving, protecting and
defending electoral rights since it offered opportunity to aggrieved persons.
Justice Wood also charged the judiciary to keep away from the fray of political
conflict and deal with those conflicts as determined by law.
said the judiciary should be guided solely by the laws of the land and remain
faithful to the judicial oath and the universally acknowledged judicial
of Police (COP) Patrick Timbilla, Greater Accra Regional Police Commander, said
even though the management and administration of the electoral process was in
the hands of the Electoral Commission (EC), the Police was there to support
said because the Police did not have the numbers to man all the polling
stations they had solicited the help from other security agencies to support
Timbilla said the Police was ready to deploy its personnel to the Northern,
Upper West and East regions.
said in total about 41,999 security personnel would be deployed around the
country and to all the polling stations on Election Day.
said two or three Policemen would be made to man a polling station in areas of
flashpoints with standby patrol teams to serve as reinforcement.
Timbilla said the military would only come in when the situation became
overwhelming and the other security agencies were not able to handle the
Sylvia Annoh, Deputy Director of Communication, EC, said even though the
Commission was responsible for conducting and managing the electoral process it
could not do it alone.
said the EC was therefore soliciting the support of all stakeholders to ensure
that the upcoming elections were held in an atmosphere of peace devoid of any
said so far the EC had been able to attain the needed materials and about 80
per cent of them had been deployed to the various regions.