Our decision on Justice Torkonoo will be known after we peruse full judgement on Gyakye Quayson – Agbodza

The Minority Chief Whip, Kwame Agbodza says although the NDC caucus in parliament is not completely against the appointment of Chief Justice nominee Gertrude Torkonoo, they are yet to come to a decision on her approval or otherwise.

Speaking on Newsnight on Joy FM, Mr Agbodza explained that their decision will be made known after a thorough study of the full Supreme Court judgement on Gyakye Quayson’s dual citizenship case.

“We are not fundamentally opposed to Justice Torkonoo’s appointment. We have very serious concerns about her position on some things. We robustly stated our position on certain parts of her actions and in actions in cases she ruled on. That is not to say we have anything personal against her.”

“We have served notice that we will consume the judgement (on the Gyakye Quayson case) and the minority leader will address the media, as to our position,” Mr Agbodza added.

This comes after the Supreme Court released the official document detailing why it declared as unconstitutional the election of James Gyakye Quayson as a Member of Parliament for Assin North in the Central Region.

This is after a seven-member panel of the apex court ordered Parliament to expunge the name of Mr Quayson from its records.

Read Supreme Court’s full judgement in Gyakye Quayson case

Presiding Judge, Justice Jones Dotse on Wednesday, May 17, ruled that the Electoral Commission (EC) acted unconstitutionally in allowing him to contest the 2020 parliamentary elections without proof of him renouncing his Canadian Citizenship.

The NDC MPs had initially hinted that they will not approve the justice until the Supreme Court released the full judgment on the case.

Following the release of the report, the Chairman of the Appointment Committee told JoyNews on Monday that the Minority had reached out to him stating their support for the Chief Justice nominee’s appointment.

Mr Joseph Osei Owusu had claimed that he had been asked to go ahead and amend the committee report on the appointment to approval by consensus instead of a majority decision.

However, Mr Agbodza denied making any such statement to Mr Osei Owusu, adding that NDC MPs have not yet received a copy of the report.

“At no point did the NDC state their position in support or against the candidature of Justice Torkonoo. As far as the NDC is concerned, we have not seen a report of the appointment committee on the chief justice nominee, so how can we change a report we have not sighted?” he quizzed.

He added that the Majority leader will address a conference on Tuesday, June 6, after the caucus is briefed on the judgement.

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