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Fresh bid to resolve Archbishop stand off
by Justus Waimiri
CAPA 040217-1
February 17, 2004

[CAPA - West Africa] The stand off that followed the election of a new Archbishop for the Church of the Province of West Africa may be resolved soon following a fresh appeal by the standing committee of the Diocese of Accra to the Dean of the Province, Rt. Revd. Teliwa Johnson, to mandate the Dean of the Holy Trinity Cathedral to set a new date for the enthronement of Rt. Revd. Dr Justice Akrofi as Archbishop.

The enthronement service, which was to be held on January 25th, was called off at the eleventh hour after the legality of allowing the Accra Diocesan Chancellor to preside over the election was challenged.

According to the Church’s constitution the election of a Primate is expected to be supervised by the Provincial Chancellor and the Provincial Registrar. However, neither of them was present when the election was held on September 7th last year.

The Provincial Synod has however argued that the Electoral College did mandate the Chairman of the Transitional Team and the Chancellor of the Diocese of Accra, Mr S. Annancy to preside over the elections.

Five Bishops were nominated to contest the Archbishopric out of which the Bishop of Accra, Rt. Revd Akrofi polled 25 votes while the Bishop of Gambia, the Rt. Revd. Johnson received 12 votes.

The seat fell vacant after the immediate former Archbishop, the Most Revd. Robert Okine retired.