The Ghana Bar Association (GBA) has urged its members to support the Electoral Commission (EC) as it prepares to conduct this year’s general elections.
In a statement signed by the National President, Benson Nutsukpui to mark the New Year, the GBA said: “The year 2016 being an election year, we, as members of the Bar, should pledge our collective support to the Electoral Commission and the electoral process. We encourage members of the Bar to volunteer to be trained for electoral duties and to commit ourselves to the EC in other capacities so that together, we can contribute to a successful Presidential and Parliamentary Elections,” the statement said.
It added: “The GBA notes that while 2015 has been a challenging year in the history of our profession and nation, 2016 will mark a significant milestone in our democratic journey, affording us an opportunity to achieve things that we could not achieve in 2015.”
“In the New Year, we should be committed to working towards further entrenching democracy in Ghana. We should resolve to support the Rule of Law and the opening up of the governance processes in the spirit of transparency and accountability,” the statement noted.
The association also expressed worry over consistent reports of human trafficking and other human rights violations and further urged members to show more interest in public interest cases.
“We encourage our colleagues to conduct more public interest and pro bono cases, and also make their services available during the criminal assizes. Let us respond to the plight of the poor, the marginalized and underprivileged with warmth and continue to offer a helping hand to them. Our response to the needs of the poor, marginalized and underprivileged among us will certainly impact the image of the Bar,” The GBA stated.