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Government considering abolishing death penalty

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President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has hinted that the government will consider the removal of the death penalty from the country’s statute books.

He said the suggestion by Amnesty International (AI) that five out of the six offences that qualify for the death penalty could easily be removed through the parliamentary process was something worth considering by the government.

The sixth offence, which is treason, could only be removed by referendum which is an entrenched clause.

President Akufo-Addo gave the commitment when members of the Ghana section of AI paid a courtesy call at the Jubilee House yesterday.

“I want to signal to you that definitely the ideas you have put forward on that [death penalty] are interesting, and I will have a close look and if indeed the consensus within government goes down on that path, so be it. Rightly, the issue of treason is different,” he added.

Amnesty International suggested that the death penalty was an affront to the fundamental human rights of the people and could easily be replaced with life imprisonment without parole.

Death Penalty

President Akufo-Addo noted that the abolition of the death penalty had attained global discussions with a lot of countries coming to terms with it.

“I think that the solutions they are proposing is ingenious, in that five out of six offences can be dealt with by statutory enactment,” the President posited.

He gave an assurance that the ministers of justice and for the interior, and the heads of the various security agencies would brainstorm and bring some suggestions to cabinet for a decision.

He was of the view that when the issues were laid before Parliament, it should go not as a party issue with party whips but it should go on a free vote so that people could express their views and not be driven by the whip of the majority party.

The President noted that the removal of the death penalty was a matter that should be the individual responsibility of Members of Parliament.

Prisons

President Akufo-Addo said the congestion at the country’s prisons was unacceptable and noted that while resources were being sought to build new ones, moves would be made to assuage the conditions.

As of January 28, 2020, Ghana prisons’ population was 14,824 as against the total capacity of 9,945.

Pardon and amnesty

President Akufo-Addo noted that the government was considering the possibility of increasing non-custodial sentences and that very soon it would make a pronouncement on it.

That, he said, was because it would not only ease congestion but enhance reforms and rehabilitation, and avoid a situation where people with minor offences were confined and exposed to hardened criminals.

Case

A member of AI Ghana, Mr Martin Kpebu, who made the case for the abolition of the death penalty, added that there had been a Supreme Court pronouncement on the issue and that the highest court of the land suggested an Act of Parliament to deal with it.

Another member of AI International, who spoke on the congestion in the prisons, Mr Samuel K. Agbotsey, commended the President for granting amnesty to 1,076 prisoners.

Source: Graphic.com.gh

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Akufo-Addo Speaks After Supreme Court Dismissed Mahama’s Election Petition

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President Akufo-Addo has broken his silence on the Supreme Court’s ruling against rival, John Dramani Mahama.

In a new post on his official and verified Instagram page, he congratulated himself after winning the the court case.

He captioned his post; On Thursday, 4th March 2021, the Supreme Court, in a unanimous ruling, affirmed my victory in the presidential election of 7th December 2020.

The Supreme Court dismissed the election petition brought before it by John Dramani Mahama, the 2020 Presidential Candidate of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC).

“The petitioner did not demonstrate in any way how the errors [committed by the EC] affected the declaration of the election…We have therefore no reason to order a re-run [of the polls]. We accordingly dismiss the petition,” Chief Justice, Kwasi Anin-Yeboah said while reading the ruling of the court on Thursday, March 4, 2021.

John Mahama was challenging the results of the polls insisting that none of the nine presidential candidates obtained the mandatory 50%+1 vote constitutional threshold to be declared the winner of the polls.

SOURCE: Gossips24.com

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Man Dies Shortly After Supreme Court Ruled Against John Mahama

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An unidentified man has died at the Supreme Court shortly after Justices of the court, led by, Justice Anim Yeboah dismissed the petition filed by John Dramani Mahama.

Today, Justices of the Supreme court unanimously ruled against the NDC’s John Mahama stressing that Nana Akufo-Addo was legally elected and declared president of Ghana at the 202 Presidential elections.

Shortly after the ruling, Modernnewsgh.com got the information that a man who was present at the Supreme Court collapsed and died.

Media personality, Serwaa Amihere also confirmed the report on Twitter saying, “A man yet to be identified has been rumoured dead after collapsing at the premises of the SC shortly after the apex court judgement on the election petiton.”

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Election petition: Supreme Court delivers judgement

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The Supreme Court has dismissed the election petition brought before it by John Dramani Mahama, the 2020 Presidential Candidate of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC).

Chief Justice Kwasi Anin-Yeboah made this known while reading the ruling of the court on Thursday, March 3, 2021.

“The petitioner did not demonstrate in any way how the errors affected the declaration of the election…We have therefore no reason to order a re-run [of the election]. We accordingly dismiss the petition,” he said.

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