Election petition: Supreme Court begins hearing Election Petition today

Ghana supreme court judgesGhanaians will from Today, Tuesday April 16, 2013 have unhindered access to their country’s Supreme Court, through the TV lenses and Radio Microphones of the Media as the highest court of the land begins hearing the substantive election petition case.

State broadcaster GTV has been granted access to the court to cover proceedings.

Other media houses are expected to tap their feed from GTV.

The live broadcast of the case follows an advocacy by the Executive Director of Policy Think Tank Danquah Institute to that effect.

Mr Gabby Asare Otchere-Darko insisted his main opposition New Patriotic Party’s 2012 Flagbearer’s petition alongside two others, was too significant a case to be heard on the blindside of the media.

Chief Justice Georgina Wood granted that concession yesterday.

Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo, together with his 2012 running Mate Dr Mahmoud Bawumia and his Party’s National Chairman Jake Obetsebi-Lamptey is in court challenging the validity of the election results as declared by the country’s electoral commission after the December 7 and 8 general elections.

The petitioners argue that the elections were fraught with unpardonable flaws which must not be left uninvestigated.

They accuse the incumbent party, National Democratic Congress of conspiring with the EC to steal the elections for President John Mahama.

They therefore, are praying the Court to set aside and nullify the EC’s results which declared President Mahama as winner of the presidential poll.

They want the court to annul 4,670,504 of the valid votes cast during the election at 11,916 polling stations where they claim a lot of anomalies occurred.

The Court whittled the case down to two issues.

They included whether or not there were statutory violations, irregularities, omissions and malpractices in the 2012 general elections and if same impacted the final results.

The first and third respondents (President Mahama and the National Democratic Congress) have filed affidavits of witnesses they intend to call.

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