Nana Yaa Jantuah, the CPP’s general secretary
It has been suggested that the statute allowing the President to nominate the Inspector-General of Police (IGP) and Supreme Court justices be changed by Nana Yaa Jantuah, the General Secretary of the Convention People’s Party (CPP).
She claims that the reform will remove political influence from the Supreme Court judges, security services, and IGP.
“We need to revise our constitution to increase the independence of the IGP, the Police, and the Military from the Executive Branch. The President may appoint, according to our constitution. So, the constitution has to be reviewed.
“We must act quickly so that the IGP and the security sector go through a Public Service Commission application process, go through a process of legally applying, and go through a process of advertisements in the press so that the best person will be chosen.
“The seniormost members of the Supreme Court should convene a conclave to elect the court’s judges, who would subsequently be confirmed by parliament. This is what it is bringing to us, all this political intervention in our security forces,” she remarked on Accra-based TV3.
Her suggestion follows the discovery of a scheme involving a senior police official and a New Patriotic Party member to assassinate IGP Dr. George Akuffo Dampare in order to allow electoral manipulation in the forthcoming general election, as revealed on a recording that was leaked.