Supreme Court adjourns hearing of NDC’s joinder application
The Supreme Court has adjourned hearing of the NDC’s application to be joined as a respondent to the NPP’s petition against the Electoral Commission and the President.
The NPP is challenging the results declared by the Chairman of the Electoral Commission, Dr. Kwadwo Afari Djan, which saw President John Mahama emerge victorious in the 2012 polls.
The NPP claims the polls were rigged for the president and subsequently petitioned the Supreme Court to invalidate the declaration.
The governing National Democratic Congress applied to the Court to be joined to the case as a respondent – an application the NPP is opposing.
Hearing of the joinder application started Thursday morning but the Court, presided over by Justice William Anaam Atuguba, adjourned hearing sine die.
This is to allow the petitioners to formally present an objection to the court.
Lead Counsel for the petitioners, Philip Addison had asked the court to hear the substance of his objection in camera but lead counsel for the NDC, Tsatsu Tsikata objected to it asking the court to rather allow a full public hearing on the matter.
Even though Addison did not say the substance of his objection, Joy News’ Anny Osabutey learnt the petitioners are opposed to the composition of the judges sitting on the case.
The fact that Justice William Atuguba is related to the newly appointed Executive Secretary to the president, Dr Raymond Atuguba is a source of concern for the petitioners, Joy News has learnt.
There was heavy security presence at the premises, when the court sat to hear the NDC’s request to join the petition.