Apr 16, 2013 at 8:47am
Supreme Court Begins Hearing Of 2012 Election Petition Today
The stage is set for the start of the hearing of the substantive petition which is challenging the validity of the election of President Mahama.
Three leading members of the NPP, Nana Akufo-Addo, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia and Jake Obetsebi-Lamptey, have alleged massive irregularities and malpractices in almost 12,000 polling stations during the 2012 presidential election.
They are therefore praying the Supreme Court to nullify votes coming from such polling stations totalling more than four million.
President Mahama, the Electoral Commission and the NDC, who are the respondents to the petition, have however dismissed the allegations and are praying the Supreme Court to throw away the petition.
In compliance with the Court's order, the petitioners filed their affidavit of evidence on the 7th of this month, while President Mahama and the NDC filed their response last night.
The EC will be filing its response by close of work today.
Meanwhile, a member of the NDC legal team, Victor Kwadzogah Adawudu, tells Radio Ghana that his side is ready for the commencement of what he describes as a land mark case.
For his part, the General Secretary of the NPP, Kwadwo Owusu-Afriyie says they have been ready all this while.
He welcomes the decision of the Chief Justice to allow for a live television broadcast of the proceedings.
The Chief Justice, Mrs Justice Georgina Theodora Wood, directed that proceedings of the Presidential Election Petition currently before the Supreme Court be broadcast live via television and radio.
The decision has been taken in response to the increasing calls from the public for the proceedings of the Court to be broadcast live in view of the historic importance of the case.
This was contained in a statement signed by the Judicial Secretary, Justice Alex Poku Acheampong.
The statement said the Supreme Court will communicate guidelines for the live broadcast and expects that all media houses will cooperate and comply with the guidelines when they are announced.
According to the statement this is to deepen the country’s democracy and satisfy the greater public desire for accurate and up-to-date information on this historic and landmark case.