NPP marks Election Petition’s Third Anniversary

By
Francis Ameyibor, GNA

Accra, Aug. 29, GNA – Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo,
the 2016 Presidential nominee of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) on Monday
affirmed that the stability and progress of Ghana and the enhancement of
democracy are the motivation for the Electoral Petition.

“We demonstrated clearly that it was not the
ambitions of Akufo-Addo, or the fortunes of the NPP, that we sought to promote
but we proved to the world that we were willing and able to submerge our
individual and partisan preferences for the common good.

“It must be pointed out that the sanctity of
the ballot is and must be supreme,” Nana Akufo-Addo.” 

Nana Akufo-Addo said these in a statement to
mark the Third Anniversary of the Supreme Court judgement on the Presidential
Election Petition.   

On August, 29, 2013, the Supreme Court
delivered a majority judgement that brought an end to the election petition,
which was instituted by the late Jake Otanka Obetsebi-Lamptey, a former NPP
Chairman and Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, the Election 2012 running mate of Nana
Akufo-Addo.

They challenged the validity of the results of
the 2012 Presidential Election.    
However, the majority decision of the Supreme Court rejected the
challenge.

Nana Akufo-Addo explained that after the
proceedings, which lasted eight months, Ghana came out with her democratic
credentials enhanced.

“I said, on the day the judgement was
delivered, that everything in my bones, in the way I was brought up and in how
I have conducted my life thus far, made it imperative that I accept a decision
of the highest court of our land, even though I might disagree with it.

“I thank the Lord that He gave me that inner
strength to display the leadership when required,” he said.

He explained that the verdict from the
majority on the Court was clear, and to the effect that, regardless of the
infractions or irregularities that might happen on Election Day, ‘what happens
at the polling station is sacred and the results declared there will not be
reversed.’

“We, in the NPP, have taken that message to
heart,” he stated.

“It is the expression of preference involved
in the casting of the ballot that is sacred – the rest of the activities are,
at best, administrative exercises.

“The count, the collation, the transmission
and the declaration of results cannot and should not be more important than the
sacred, God-given right of a citizen expressing his or her choice represented
by the casting of his or her ballot.”

He said the strength of any democracy was very
much determined by the credibility of its electoral system.

“It is in our collective interest that we
ensure that the rules and regulations for the conduct of elections are fair and
transparent and that we all develop respect for them”.

He said there should be no lingering questions
about the legitimacy of an election, and the winning candidate at the end of
the process should receive the unalloyed support of all.

“That is how we can strengthen our democracy
and the peace and stability of our nation”.

Nana Akufo-Addo stated: “I believe I can, in
all humility, provide, with God’s guidance and the assistance of a capable
team, the leadership that is needed to return Ghana onto the path of progress
and prosperity.”

He, therefore, called on the electorates to
entrust the leadership of the nation with him and the NPP.

“I am appealing to Ghanaians to repose their
confidence in me in December, and together we shall make the Black Star of
Africa rise and shine again”.

The nine-member panel of the Supreme Court who
sat on the Presidential Election Petition by decided that the incumbent
President John Dramani Mahama of the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC),
was validly elected and declared the President of the Republic of Ghana in the
Presidential Poll of 7th and 8th December 2012.

In reading the verdict dismissing the petitioners’
claim, the presiding judge, Justice William Atuguba said: “Well, this is the
decision we have arrived at: “Upon a scrutiny of the petition, we found that
the issues to be determined are as set out at page 125 of the counsel for the
petitioners’ written address were as follows: Over voting; Voting without
biometric verification; Absence of the signature of the presiding officer;
Duplicate serial numbers, that is to say occurrence of the same serial numbers
on pink sheets for two different polling stations.”

The rest were: Duplicate polling station
codes, that is to say occurrence of different results of pink sheets for
polling stations with the same polling station codes; and Unknown polling
stations, that is to say results recorded for polling stations that are not
part of 26,002 polling stations provided by the second respondent in the
petition.

“We unanimously dismiss the claims relating to
duplicate serial numbers, duplicate polling station codes, and unknown polling
stations, that is for short.

“Atuguba, Adinyira, Baffoe-Bonnie, Gbadegbe,
and Akoto-Bamfo, dismiss the claim of over voting.

“Atuguba, Adinyira, Baffoe-Bonnie, Gbadegbe,
Akoto-Bamfo, dismiss the claims relating to absence of signature of presiding
officer.

“Atuguba, Adinyira, Dotsey, Baffoe-Bonnie,
Gbadegbe, Akoto-Bamfo dismiss the claim relating to voting without biometric
verification.

“Ansah, Owusu and Anim Yeboah grant all the
three claims, that is to say, over voting, absence of presiding officers’
signature and voting without biometric verification, annul the votes involved
and order a rerun of the affected areas.

“Dotsey JSC grants the claim of over-voting
but has provided a road-map in his judgement as in the figures of votes to be
ascertained and cancelled and a re-run of the areas affected.

“Dotsey JSC upholds the claim relating to
absence of presiding officers’ signatures on the pink sheets cancels the
results concerned and orders a rerun of the areas affected.

“Baffoe-Bonnie JSC grants the claim of voting
without biometric verification cancels the votes involved and orders a rerun of
the areas affected.

“In the circumstances the overall effect is
that the first respondent was validly elected and the petition is therefore
dismissed.”

GNA

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