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Electoral dispute courts won't affect mainstream court system -JUSAG

Court newThe Judicial Service Staff Association of Ghana (JUSAG) has allayed fears the designation of 17 courts to handle electoral related matters ahead of the December 7 general elections will not affect the main court services.

The Chief Justice on Monday designated 17 specialised courts across the country to expeditiously deal with electoral disputes that may arise in the run up to the elections.

The decision, which has been hailed by the government, has however raised concerns it may negatively impact on the main court services across the country.

Commenting on the matter on 3FM’s Midday News, president of JUSAG, Alex Nartey rejected the fears expressed by some people, saying“it is not going to have any negative impact on the court system because the chief justice knows the capacity of the court.”

He noted that the Chief Justice consulted with her technical people to satisfy herself before the decision noting that “this is an intervention that will not create any problem for the court system, everything will run as they should run and everybody who accesses the court will not be denied access to the court’s services”.

Alex Nartey also expressed their readiness to work to ensure the success of the initiative.

“We have always hosted the initiatives and policy directives of the honourable Ladyship Justice and we are well equipped to play our role” he told 3FM’s Ewurama Smith

Meanwhile, Mr Nartey said JUSAG will notwithstanding the initiative back down on its decision to strike if government fails to meet its demands by Friday, October 21.

“We still stand by the resolve of the association to withdraw services nationwide if government doesn’t react positively or respond to our demand by October 21; we haven’t had any engagement as yet and we don’t expect any because there is no outstanding engagements to be heard than the approval” he said.

By Collins Essuman|3FM|3news.com|Ghana

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