10 January 2013

Ghana: Hearing Begins Today

The Supreme Court will this morning hear the preliminary joinder motion filed by the National Democratic Congress (NDC) seeking to join the petition by the presidential candidate of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo; his running mate, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, and the National Chairman of the NPP, Mr Jake Obetsebi-Lamptey, challenging the Electoral Commission's (EC's) declaration of President John Mahama as winner of the December 7 presidential poll as a respondent.

After considering the application, the way will then be paved for the court to begin the hearing of the substantive petition filed by the three personalities.

Attendance to the court proceedings will strictly be by invitation and under very tight security. The court has been given a new look. The inside has been painted, new carpets laid, some new air conditioners fixed, while electrical systems have been changed, among other renovation works. There is heavy security presence at the Supreme Court where the preliminary joinder motion filed by the NDC seeking to join the petition by the NPP challenging the election results would be heard.

The party filed a supplementary affidavit to its motion to join a petition by Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, the presidential candidate of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, his running mate, and Mr Jake Obetsebi-Lamptey, challenging the declaration of President John Dramani Mahama as winner of the December 2012 presidential election.

The supplementary affidavit, which was filed on Wednesday and deposed to on behalf of the General Secretary of the NDC, Mr Johnson Asiedu Nketiah, said, "A denial of the applicant the opportunity to be joined so as to be heard in respect of this election would be a denial of the constitutional rights of the applicant."

According to the supplementary affidavit, the NDC had represented its interest, that of its presidential candidate and parliamentary candidates "in the deliberations of the Electoral Commission (EC) with all political parties and candidates in connection with the elections" and, for that reason, the party had the right to be joined to the petition.

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