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Be True Witnesses – Judge charges new Commissioners For Oaths

His Lordship Justice Julius Ansah, a Justice of the Supreme Court, has charged newly sworn-in Commissioners for Oaths to act as unbiased witnesses to documents in order to prevent fraud.

“As sworn public officials you play an important role in the prevention of fraud and protection of what is involved by acting as official, unbiased witnesses to some documents.  As a result of this, all Commissioners for Oaths should understand the duties and responsibilities of Commissioners for Oaths and properly perform your duties accordingly” he said.

Justice Julius Ansah was speaking at the swearing-in of the first batch of 300 Commissioners for Oaths in Accra, an activity in support of the ongoing exercise by the National Identifcation Authority to verify and register Ghanaians.

He cautioned the newly sworn-in Commissioners for Oaths to exercise their duties with due diligence to avoid commiting misdemeanors.  

“Be reminded that any one of you who willfully certifies or propounds any false statement or document or fraudulently and intentionally deceives, conceals, withholds or prevents any fact or documents pertinent to swearing of an Oath commits a misdemeanor under Section 191 of the Criminal Ofences Act 29, 1960,” he said. 

For his part, the Executive Secretary of the National Identification Authority (NIA) Prof. Ken Agyeman Attafuah, charged the Commissioners for Oath to “uphold the highest standard of integrity in the discharge of their duties “as by law required and by conscience”.

A representative of the Ghana Bar Association (GBA) Mr. Kwaku Gyau Baffour, advised them to remain faithful to the Oath they have sworn.  




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