7 January 2013

Ghana: NPP Challenges 38 Parliamentary Results

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Ghanaians came from all walks of life to witness the presidential inauguration.

After filing a writ at the Supreme Court to challenge the presidential result, the New Patriotic Party (NPP) has made known its intention to challenge 38 parliamentary results declared by the Electoral Commission in the 2012 elections.

The Director of Communication of the party, Nana Akomea, who made this known on Joy FM on Saturday, noted that whilst the results of the presidential election constitute one constituency, that of parliamentary was individual affairs.

This, he explained, was the reason why they did not include the parliamentary results in the suit they have filed at the Supreme Court. In a related development, Issah Alhassan reports from Kumasi that a cross section of supporters of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) in Kumasi has given its full support to the decision taken by the leadership of the party to boycott the official inauguration of the President-elect, His Excellency John Dramani Mahama, today.

Expectedly, the supporters say the decision was in the right order, considering the fact that the party was still challenging the outcome of the presidential polls.

The NPP, announced on Wednesday, that it would boycott the swearing in of His Excellency, President Mahama today, as it awaits a decision from the Supreme Court on the suit filed by the party challenging official results of the presidential polls.

The leading opposition party in the country is seeking the annulment of the presidential result declared by the Chairman of the Commission, Dr. Kwadwo Afari Gyan, and to subsequently declare the presidential candidate of the party, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, winner of last year's elections.

In line with that, the opposition party has announced it would not take part in the grand ceremony slated for Monday January 7, at the Independence Square in Accra.

The decision by the leadership of the party appears to have received the full blessings of its supporters in the party's stronghold, the Ashanti Region, with many commending them for making a right decision.

According to some of them, participating in the swearing-in would have amounted to a subtle endorsement of the results declared by the EC Chairman, which is currently the subject of adjudication at the Supreme Court.

A leading member of the party and Coordinator of Nana For President (NAFOP), a group that solidly campaigned for the party's flagbearer, Oheneba Nana Kwarteng, told The Chronicle during an interaction that he would have been very surprised if the party had taken any other decision, apart from boycotting the ceremony.

"It would have come as a shock to me if NPP had accepted the invitation to be part of the swearing in ceremony. In fact, the entire supporters of the party would have been very disappointed," he noted.

According to him, it was no longer a secret that the December 7 election was rigged in favour of the ruling NDC candidate, President John Mahama, stressing that the NPP cannot be part of such a fraudulent act allegedly perpetuated by the EC and the ruling party.

Other callers into radio programmes also expressed their delight at the decision, commending the leadership of the party for the action.

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