CDD-Ghana Statement on the Appointment of a Substantive Commissioner of CHRAJ
The Center for Democratic Development (CDD-Ghana) fervidly welcomes the speedy appointment of a substantive Commissioner of the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ) by the President, His Excellency, Prof. John Evans Atta Mills.
The swearing in of Ms. Lauretta Vivian Lamptey as substantive Commissioner of an important governance institution like CHRAJ guarantees her security of tenure and gives firm effect to her charge to act without fear or favor. We hope this action signifies a departure from the harmful practice of keeping appointees to state governance watchdog institutions in perpetual ‘acting’ positions. It is also hoped that Government will heed the repeated calls for the adoption of a constitutional, statutory, or even a reasonable convention limiting the length of time allowed for keeping appointees to these state governance watchdog institutions in ‘acting’ capacities.
The Center further commends government for appointing a woman to take over the mandate of this key democratic institution following the retirement of Justice Emile Short and the exit of acting-commissioner Ms. Anna Bossman. This action further enhances the NDC government’s efforts to improve gender equality and representation in public affairs.
Lastly, it is the hope of CDD-Ghana that the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ) will continue to operate in a fearless but fair manner; and maintain the high standards that has made it one of the most respected and effective governance institutions in Ghana and Africa.
The Centre calls on staff of CHRAJ and other affiliate institutions and all Ghanaians to give the new commissioner all the support she needs to successfully discharge her mandate.
Long live Ghana!